It's one of just 10 examples that will be produced.
The BMW X5 M is a stellar performance SUV, but Manhart believes it can do better with its latest MHX5 700, a hotted-up version with copious amounts of power and torque.
Already a mighty brute, the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 has been breathed upon to produce 730 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. That's a notable improvement over the standard figures of 625 hp and 553 lb-ft. This sharp upgrade comes courtesy of the Manhart MHTronik powerbox, along with a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control.
Also included in the package are Manhart Race downpipes, along with a catalytic converter delete and stainless steel OPF-delete pipes. This is only legal in certain markets, though.
Manhart hasn't just enhanced the performance capabilities of the X5 M. It should be a hoot to push around bends, thanks to coilover suspension from KW. Aside from providing the Bimmer with a menacing stance, the suspension can be height-adjusted to suit the driver's needs.
All that power is kept in check with grippy 315/25 ZR23 tires, which envelop the Classic Line Y-Spoke wheels finished in Silk Matt Black. Manhart has upgraded the exterior with a host of carbon fiber accessories. Up front, you'll find a new front spoiler, along with revised air intakes and carbon fiber Kidney grilles. At the rear, a prominent rear diffuser houses the carbon fiber quad exhaust tips.
Aside from a roof-mounted spoiler, Manhart has also fitted a two-piece spoiler lip sited beneath the rear windscreen. Elsewhere, carbon fiber mirror caps and side skirts finish off the look. Overall, it's a rather good-looking SUV.
As you'd expect, there's no trace of BMW emblems or M badging. In their place are Manhart's own logos and model names. This particular model has been painted in Dravit Grey (a tasteful hue that has hints of gold in the sun) and paired with red accents. It's not exactly subtle, but it's a far better combination than the brand's signature black and gold combo.
The interior remains unchanged, save for the Manhart logo on the steering wheel. That's not a bad thing, though, as the cabin of the X5 M is a wonderful place to be. The leather-lined bucket seats are supportive, and there are plenty of gadgets to keep occupants entertained. The carbon fiber-trimmed gearshift paddles are a neat touch.
This is the sixth of 10 MHX5 700 vehicles that will be made. We've previously seen an all-black example with multi-spoke alloys, as well as another with the usual gold-and-black exterior finish. We're looking forward to seeing what the final model looks like; we're convinced Manhart will pull out all the stops.
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