It's seldom that a tuning package for a car is previewed like it's a blockbuster film release, but then the wave of excitement around the new BMW M3 and M4 is a lucrative one to ride. Hence Manhart has released preliminary details of its MH3 600 and MH4 600 packages, due later in 2021.
As the name implies, Manhart's work is predicted to give M5 levels of power to the 3.0-litre, S58 straight-six, with the installation of the MHtronik Powerbox and Manhart exhaust. For the Competition model that's the only offering in the UK, totals of 620hp and 553lb ft has been suggested. With the standard model only outputting 510hp and 479lb ft, that's a substantial upgrade.
Additional tweaks already announced include H&R lowering springs, Manhart Concave wheels (eschewing the staggered setup of the standard car, and going bigger, with 21s at each corner) as well as a range of carbon aero parts including bonnet, spoiler and diffuser. This being Manhart, there is a gold decal kit also offered. Of course.
This previewed range of modifications is just the start for the new era of M3 and M4, too. After Phase 1's array of goodies, Manhart is promising a second stage that "will go a step further, taking both the M3 and M4 to the next level." With an xDrive M3/M4 pair coming for the first time ever, the threshold for usable power has doubtless gone up several notches against any previous generation. Expect a lot more M3 fettling during 2021, based on demand. And if Manhart seems a bit far flung for UK customers, don't forget that Litchfield has well established form in BMW M cars - its M2 was an absolute riot...
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