Manhart MH2 Clubsport based on BMW M235i Coupe

Article by Christian A., on June 7, 2014

Manhart officially introduced the MH2 Clubsport based on the BMW M235i Coupe. Just like the standard M235i Coupe, the Manhart MH2 Clubsport uses the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance TwinPower Technology that was boosted from 326 hp (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque to an impressive 430 hp (316 kW) and 592 Nm (436 lb-ft) of torque.

The new power output was obtained thanks to a bigger charging air intercooler, a new exhaust system with Manhart downpipe and 200-cell sports catalyzers. Manhart also eliminated the top speed limitation and prepared and the new vehicle achieves an impressive top speed of 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Besides the two round 90 mm stainless steel tailpipes, Manhart added a reinforced sports clutch that delivers the power of the engine to the rear wheels through the six-speed transmission. In addition, there is a differential lock on demand, but also a new Club sport coilover kit from kW.

The vehicle sits on 19-inch Manhart Concave One wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Behind the wheels there are 6-piston fixed calipers with 350 mm brake discs and Pagid sports brake pads as well as steel flex lines.

Regarding the design, Manhart added a new front spoiler, rear air diffuser and a rear spoiler developed by BMW Performance and largely made up of carbon fiber. Furthermore, there are carbon fiber mirror covers and dull-yellow special wrap.

Inside, we find Recaro Pole Position full-shell seats with 4-point suspender belts, a Club sport bracket with a double cross that replaces the rear bench.

Moreover, Manhart covered the naked metal plat in soft rug lining. The driver’s space was decorated with a special handbrake handle, a gear lever knob and aluminum pedal lining from BMW Performance program.

Similar to the chassis technology fitted in the BMW M235i Coupe, the aerodynamic properties were also modified in order to take into account the six-cylinder engine and its output. The front section of this two-door model has the signature of the M design. While the 2-Series Coupe model variants make use of fog lamps, this model instead has large air intakes having flaps, the same ones from racing car design.

It is worth noting that that as expected from the BMW M Performance Automobiles, these are transected with the horizontal crosspieces that come in Ferric Grey metallic. There are also other features in the exterior design like the Ferric Grey exterior mirror caps. Then there is the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim. Clearly striking is the curved side skirts and a rear apron having a lower region that is finished in what is known as Dark Shadow metallic paintwork.

The rear apron also integrates the twin tailpipes of the exhaust system. Completing this package of aerodynamically optimized body features is the standard gurney on the vehicle’s boot lid. Offered exclusively for the BMW M235i Coupe is another retrofit product that is also suspension related. To be released at the same time as this model, this particular product is the BMW M Performance limited-slip differential and is expected to improve the dynamic potential.

The mechanical rear axle differential system is able to optimize traction in order to make the new model suitable to dynamic driving situations. Should the DC stability system be turned off, the limited-slip torque-sensitive differential guarantees that the drive is divided between the wheels in the rear in order to optimize the traction-maximizing effect.

In order to respond to the different torque among the driven wheels, this lowers the slip at the wheel through low grip and made possible by channeling any of the surplus drive, using a locking effect, to the other wheel. In addition, the controlled drive distribution is able to result in an optimized traction and thus enable even more dynamic handling even when it the limit. Engine power meanwhile is translated effectively to propulsion. This helps, for example, in allowing for more dynamic acceleration when going out of corners.

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