This will make the school run all the more entertaining.
Manhart has a great affinity for BMW products and has announced the arrival of the MH3 650 Touring - a tuned version of the M3 wagon, a vehicle not coming to the United States. Already a rapid form of family transport, the German tuner has promised even more muscle - 641 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
That's a substantial boost in power, as the stock M3 Competition Touring musters up 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. Manhart makes no claims about performance, but we're guessing the MH3 650 can hit 60 mph quicker than the standard model, which manages 3.6 seconds for the slightly longer 0-62 mph run.
To lend the turbocharged inline-six a throatier sound, Manhart offers several exhaust options. There's a system with valve control, which presumably allows the driver to regulate the volume. There's also a downpipe racing exhaust system without catalytic converters or a downpipe sport system with 300-cell GESI catalytic converters. The M3 Touring may also be specified with OPF-delete pipes with 200-cell HJS cats.
It wouldn't be a Manhart project without the signature gold and black exterior detailing. A solitary gold stripe stretches across the hood, roof, and tailgate, and is complemented by two additional stripes on either side of the wagon. Fine-drawn auric pinstripes outline details on the front and rear bumper.
Thankfully, these decorations - and the tacky windscreen sticker - are optional extras. The exterior carbon fiber package is more appealing and includes a front spoiler, rear spoiler, side skirts, and a diffuser, among other items. Lastly, the tasteful Concave One alloy wheels have been finished in a silky matte black. Other colors are, however, available to choose from.
Again, no details have been shared regarding interior upgrades but, again, we assume Manhart will offer its customers a raft of upgrades.
If you want to give your M3 Touring a personal touch but want to keep everything original, BMW M will be happy to oblige. The performance subsidiary unveiled plenty of M Performance accessories for the rapid wagon, and owners can choose from things like carbon fiber exterior parts to a titanium exhaust system.
It's a real shame that the fiery wagon won't be reaching our shores. But there's a good chance an M5 Touring might arrive, and that may just make a beeline for the USA. We can only hope.