There are vehicles that are so imposing and intimidating right from the factory that you look at them with awe. The current BMW X5 clearly belongs to this category. In addition to its sheer size, the mighty SUV also has a lot to offer in terms of technology, especially when the mighty X5 M Competition model badge is emblazoned on the rear. Under its hood lurks BMW engine technology at its finest. Eight cylinders in a V arrangement, 4.4 litres of displacement and two turbochargers. In its original state, this source of joy develops 625hp and a maximum torque of 750 Nm.
It’s human nature to always want more though, and above all, even more power! So that power junkies can sleep soundly again in the future, the technicians at MANHART Performance have now developed an extensive refinement package for the X5 M, that once again impressively pushes the limits of what is possible. Starting of course, with the drive unit, which MANHART Performance pushes to an impressive 823 hp and a maximum torque of 1,080 Nm, by means of the in-house MHtronik, or an ECU remapping, in combination with a MANHART turbo power kit, which includes a MANHART intercooler. The car is called MANHART MHX5 800.
A MANHART stainless steel rear muffler with valve control function and four, 100-millimeter-diameter carbon or ceramic-coated tailpipes takes care of the species-appropriate and acoustically impressive transfer of the exhaust gases. For export (without TÜV), there are MANHART “Race” downpipes without catalytic converters and OPF-Delete replacement pipes made of stainless steel. To be able to manage so much power efficiently and reliably, the 8-speed automatic transmission of the all-wheel-drive vehicle has also received a transmission upgrade from MANHART.
In addition, the tuners from Wuppertal also gave the SUV’s suspension technology a suitable optimization, which includes lowering by 30 millimeters. MANHART Concave One forged rims measuring 10.5×22 inches, which were fitted with 295/30ZR22 tires, rotate in the large wheel arches in satin black.
In addition to the traditional gold trim, MANHART Performance have added a number of in-house carbon parts to the MHX5 800 body. The new hood with GTR air intakes is complimented by the front spoiler, rear diffuser and two-piece side skirts. The carbon mirror caps come from the BMW M Performance program. With this visual battle armour, the MANHART MHX5 800 looks even more brute and fearsome than its production counterpart.
MANHART Performance also upgraded the cockpit of the MHX5 800 with steering wheel spokes and shift paddles made of carbon. Individually configurable upgrades are available on request for the brake system, which remains standard on the vehicle shown.
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