Manhart Gives BMW X6 M More Power With A Side Of Ugly

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Do you have no taste and a winning lottery ticket? Here's the car for you.

Manhart is a German-based tuner like Mansory. But unlike Mansory, it is perfectly capable of designing and building semi-tasteful versions of BMW performance cars.

The MH5 GTR is lovely, as is the recent 450 hp M240i. Manhart also can completely ruin a car, as proved by the MHX6 700 WB and the mortifying MHX6 Dirt Squared.

Its latest creation is yet another X6-based vehicle, much like the 720 hp widebody X6 unveiled earlier this year. We're sad to say that this one falls into the fail category because it makes even less sense than the standard X6M.

You could almost make a good case for the BMW X6 M Competition. People dig SUVs, and a select group of customers wander into a dealership and ask for the most expensive version of the latest tacky lovechild of an SUV and a coupe. At least the X6 has the decency to be semi-practical.

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Manhart drops the suspension by 1.18 inches to make the car you see here, removing one of the main selling points of owning an SUV, sitting high and lording over the proletariat. At this level, you'll be eye-to-eye with a pauper in his Honda CR-V.

The exterior design might appeal to some. Manhart uses black as a base color and adds contrasting gold accents to the hood, flanks, front air intakes, and brake calipers. Manhart also uses its carbon composite material on certain parts of the car.

It's an exciting departure from the standard carbon fiber appearance, but we're still not convinced that it's appealing. Thankfully, the eight-piece interior carbon package is optional because it's just too much.

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Manhart also removes what little comfort was left. The X6 M has a stiff suspension setup, and this car is bound to be even worse. Manhart removes the standard wheels and replaces them with 22-inch alloys with 295/30 tires. That means it has nothing more than a thin veneer of rubber where you'd typically find a tire.

At least the power should make up for the discomfort. Manhart gives the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 a basic software tune. The result is 730 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. I also comes standard with a quad-pipe exhaust system with ceramic or carbon coating. Oddly, the upgraded braking system is an optional extra. Call us mad, but a 730 hp SUV needs ALL the brakes as standard.

Still, things could have been worse. For proof, look no further than the Mansory Venatus, which looks like a Transformer's wart.

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