Manhart is tuning and selling an incredibly rare car.
Manhart has released details of its latest project, based on the rare 2016 M4 DTM Championship Edition. It may come as a surprise, but this is not the first special edition M4 to be butchered by Manhart. It cut the first DTM to pieces in 2020 and even went as far as tuning the ultra-exclusive M4 CSL.
BMW only built 200 M4 DTM Championship Edition models to celebrate Marco Wittmann's DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) driver's title in 2016. It used to be finished in metallic white with the famous BMW M colors all over the body. The Championship Edition boasted several race car parts like a lightweight wing and diffuser, adjustable M coilover suspension, and a carbon ceramic braking system. It also made 500 horsepower and 442 ft-lb of torque, thanks to the now infamous water-injection system BMW used in the M4 GTS.
Manhart had the decency to leave the suspension and brakes alone. Instead, the MH4 GTR Marlboro car concentrates on areas that can be improved.
Even the most powerful of 2016 BMW engines can be improved seven years later, so Manhart has cranked the power up to 708 hp with 722 lb-ft of torque. The engineers replaced the turbo and intercooler and remapped the ECU. Manhart also adds a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control and four 100-millimeter tailpipes encased in carbon, which we imagine sounds brutal.
Manhart has also spruced up the interior, most notably with an additional Awron display replacing the center air ducts of the HVAC system.
We don't understand the Marlboro livery. Australia was the first country to ban tobacco advertising on racing cars, though several racing teams found unique ways to get around it. In 2001, the FIA banned all tobacco branding and gave all formulas until the end of 2006 to comply. Wittmann won the DTM championship an entire decade after the ban.
There is a loose connection with the E30 3 Series, the spiritual successor to the M4. The E30 raced worldwide in at least three different Marlboro liveries, so there's that.
So far, Manhart has converted one car, which is still for sale on its website. The price is not mentioned, however.
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