German tuner Manhart Performance gives us a preview of what it can do for the 2018 BMW M5 (F90) - in terms of design and performance. However, the first details were only presented as a rendering.
Dubbed the MH5 800 Concept, it seems like the model will be given a pair of blacked out kidney grille, working together with a ventilated hood with Manhart Performance's logo and aftermarket alloy wheels also in all black. Furthermore, it gets a new front splitter, and mirror caps that are finished in carbon fiber. On the rear end, there is a trunk mounted spoiler too that has been added. From the front fascia all the way to the side profile are yellow accents.
Thought the company did not confirm what's underneath the hood, the name that the tuner gave it suggests that it will be equipped with a 4.4 liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that will provide an extra 200 PS (147 kW), adding up to a total of 800 PS (588 kW). With this engine, the tuned MH5 800 can easily beat the standard model when it comes to the zero to 100 kilometers per hour sprint (62 miles per hour), where the standard M5 reaches it in 3.4 seconds, before it continues to a top speed of 305 kilometers per hour (189 mile per hour). For comparison’s sake, the 2018 M5 gets a turbocharged 4.4 liter engine that can carry out 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts) and 554 pound-feet (750 Newton-metres) of torque.
Since the 2018 BMW M5 will not be released until next spring in Germany, we do not know yet when to expect a production version of the Manhart Performance’s version. The standard M5 will have a starting price of €117,900 ($140,021).
Manhart Performance has been around for about 20 years now, and they have been dealing with BMW ever since - refining vehicles from the BMW M GmbH. The Manhart-Team has worked on models including the E30, E46, E90 M3, and have equipped these with engines that are intended for larger models like the 5.0L V10 from the M5 E60. But of course, these engine upgrades go through a performance upgrade where the chassis are equipped with larger brakes, suspension, and exhaust systems.
Apart from engine transplants, Manhart also offers performance kits for non-M BMW models. The tuner only provides high quality work that even BMW professionals only recognise that it isn’t an original engine only at the second look. The tuner’s product portfolio ranges from carbon fiber parts, to high grade exhaust systems to suspension setups and wheel and tire combinations.