The V8 has been tuned to make 650 hp.
When conjuring up existing SUVs on the market that could serve military duty with just a couple of modifications, what springs to mind? Perhaps a Jeep Wrangler? Or maybe an armored Toyota Land Cruiser? What probably makes less sense in this application is the lavish BMW X7, which is pretty much a raised 7 Series with extra space for cargo and passengers.
Manhart knows its way around BMW's lineup and decided that a beefed-up X7 was just what the world needed, so here it is. It's officially called the Manhart MHX7 650 Dirt Edition and it's based on the powerful BMW X7 M50i. The X7's long body has been finished in a custom design foil with a 3D rivet design and a distinctive matte black brushed finish.
This matte look differs markedly from the glossy paintwork found on a stock X7. Those aggressive 20-inch Black Rhino wheels are wrapped in coarse-tread Maxxis Bighorn MT-764 tires that give the 650 Dirt Edition a unique look. Other than this, though, it retains the regular X7's massive grille and slim LED headlights.
This MHX7 is not just about its appearance, though, as the ground clearance has been increased by over 1.5 inches, with bespoke Manhart chassis tuning. Manhart claims that this endows the MHX7 with the ability to easily tackle very stony or muddy terrain. Manhart decided that the standard M50i's 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine with 523 horsepower wasn't quite potent enough, though.
To solve this problem, the tuner optimized the software and then added an HJS downpipe that helps to lower back pressure, along with a stainless steel exhaust system, helping to raise outputs to an incredible 650 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque. That should be more than enough grunt to escape from an army of regular military trucks and is even more power than you get in the BMW Alpina XB7.
Although the interior is left untouched, Manhart will configure it to each customer's wishes if they want a bespoke feel from behind the wheel. How much will all of this cost? Well, the decal set/vinyl wrap goes for €6,496.97 (around $7,894 at current rates) on its own, and the wheel/tire combo costs €6,726.05 ($8,173). For the raised, optimized suspension, you're looking at €2,604.15 ($3,164). It's not cheap, but it's also a blend of supreme luxury and decent off-road potential you won't find in BMW's regular lineup.