Manhart Gives BMW M5 CS A 777-Horsepower Upgrade

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As if it needs more of anything.

The original BMW M5 is and always has been a supercar in a suit, but when Munich's maniacs decided to up the ante with the M5 CS, that description became truer still. That wasn't good enough for one tuner though.

Manhart is not the sort of tuning company that believes in subtlety. The atrocities it has committed against the Audi RS Q8 and even the humble Land Rover Defender are not easy to ignore. But as wild and attention-grabbing as its creations are, there's a certain attraction to a company that is unapologetic in its creations. And as much as we hate to admit it, Manhart's latest creation just commands respect.

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The creation you see before you is called MH5 GTR, and it's a one-off (not that there are many M5 CS owners likely to complain about having "only" 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque). But before we get to the performance, let's look at what we can see. Wrapped in a film called Moonlight, the car now has a shimmering silky dark blue appearance with subtle gray accenting decals, deleting the original car's trademark gold bronze accents. 21-inch forged Manhart Classic Line wheels have been fitted along with front wheel spacers for a beefier presence, while Manhart coil springs built by KW Suspensions bring it closer to earth. The interior seems to be altered too, most notably with a new steering wheel logo.

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Now for the meat and potatoes. Manhart fitted its carbon air intake and its MHtronik powerbox unit, increasing output to a lucky 777 hp with 689 lb-ft of torque. It's curious that the torque was improved since BMW has kept the 4.4 V8's torque figure uniform across most of its products, but Germans are known for over-engineering everything, including the gearbox. Nevertheless, you'll forget all about mechanical sympathy once you hear the exhaust system. Ceramic-coated or carbon-tipped 102-millimeter tips exit from a special catback system with valve control. This features OPF-delete replacement pipes with special catalytic converters, or you could opt for just a valve-controlled rear silencer.

Why are we telling you about the options on a one-off, you ask? Well, Manhart does a spectacular job with the regular M5 too. If you're only interested in learning about the MH5 GTR, it'll be on display at the IAA Mobility show in Munich from September 7-12.

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