Manhart MHX6 Dirt² Concept proves that your BMW X6 can transform into a hardcore off-roader

Article by Christian A., on December 9, 2017

The BMW X6 (F16) SUV, as we know, is inspired by a coupe. But owners of that car probably won’t take it off-roading. This hesitation is what convinced Manhart, the German tuner, to turn the X6 into an off-roading, go-anywhere vehicle. This is how they came up with the MHX6 Dirt² Concept. Unfortunately, the aftermarket tuner only plans to build five examples of the hardcore rigs.

Manhart started off by basing the vehicle on the current X6 M. The first thing they did to it was to give its engine a boost, so now it produces an impressive 888 horsepower (662 kilowatts) and 885 pound-feet (1,200 Newton-metres) of torque - all thanks to the upgrades like the new pistons, connecting rods, and revised turbos.

It also gets a strengthened gearbox and rear axle that are tough enough to handle the SUV’s extra power. To ensure that it survives hot summer days in warm climates, it was equipped with a cooling system too. There are dual air intake snorkels that stick out of the hood to provide both a visual flourish, making wading through deep water less of a worry.

As mentioned earlier, the MHX6 Dirt² Concept’s power has been boosted compared to the regular model, but that does not help with its off-road ability. So to do this, Manhart installs a suspension from KW that raises the SUV’s height. This is paired with a set of 21-inch wheels with sticky BF Goodridge tires, as well as better brakes to keep the speed under control.

When the MHX6 Dirt² Concept actually goes off-roading, it will definitely need some protection from outside forces, and this is why Manhart has added protection panels to keep the mechanical components safe. There is also an exterior roll cage that protects the car’s exterior during rollovers.

The roll cage is quite handy as it also acts like a mounting point for the full-sized spare tire. Up front is a huge brush bar that guards the front end, and the winch can save the SUV when it gets stuck on the muck.

Manhart makes no secret that its market for this particular modification is composed of those from the Middle East. The tuner is charging a lot of money for the MHX6 Dirt² Concept. Each of the five examples will be priced at 395,000 euros ($465,000 at current exchange rates). It is not cheap but then, it does quite a lot more than a standard X6. It takes the aftermarket tuner six to eight months to produce one of these hardcore off-roaders after an order has been taken.

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