Manhart is no stranger to controversy, and this new BMW M2 body kit is only going to fuel more of it.
Roughly two weeks ago, BMW took the covers off the all-new M2. Instantly, most automotive enthusiasts with the gift of sight wished that the automaker had left the covers on.
Not only does the car look unfinished from many angles, but it also weighs barely a few pounds less than the bigger M4, defeating the purpose of choosing the smaller sports car. Still, while purists detest the direction that BMW is choosing, the 2023 BMW M2 is sure to sell in large volumes, and some people will be pretty happy to be seen in public with the car.
But what if you wanted to grab even more attention and cause even more babies to cry at the sight of your arrival? Manhart has the answer, and it's called the MH2 560.
When Manhart worked on the previous-generation F87 M2, it applied gold vinyl accents over black paint and fitted its trademark wheels.
The same sort of treatment makes its way to the G87, with Manhart Concave One wheels in a silk matte black finish with a gold pinstripe around each rim featured, along with numerous Manhart and MH2 560 badges. Carbon fiber is used for the front spoiler, rear spoiler, roof spoiler, rear diffuser (with center F1-style light block), and numerous "aero flicks." The car can be had with either full coilover suspension or simple coil-over springs to bring everything together.
But as you might have guessed from the MH2 560 name, there's more going on here than just aesthetic changes.
As standard, the M2 produces 453 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, but that wasn't enough for the tuner.
Manhart has fitted a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control and four 100-millimeter carbon- or ceramic-coated tailpipes. Along with an ECU tune, the MH2 560 will generate 552 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, putting it beyond the territory of a standard M4. Although not mentioned, we're sure some changes will soon be available for the cabin too.
Interestingly, Manhart's virtual design looks similar to the BMW M2 with genuine M Performance parts (pictured below). Is that a good thing? Let us know your thoughts.