Manhart BMW M3 V8 RS Clubsport

Geilenkirchen-based BMW tuner Manhart Racing GmbH has created the insane M3 V8 RS Clubsport.

Already a formidable performer in standard form, Manhart ditches the M3’s factory 4.0 L unit, choosing to implant the twin-turbocharged 4.4 L V8 and 6-speed sport automatic transmission from BMW’s X5 M and X6 M. Things don’t stop there, with MHR fitting stronger connecting rods and pistons, modified turbochargers and a larger intercooler.

A full titanium exhaust system with a pair of HJS high performance catalytic converters completes the engine work, resulting in a brobdingnagian power figure of 559 kW (750 hp) and a colossal 910 Nm (671 lb-ft) of torque. As you’d expect, this Aventador-worrying M3’s performance is biblical, with a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.2 seconds and a 350 km/h (217 mph) top speed.

Keeping that extra power in check, Manhart adds a MOV’IT brake upgrade which includes 400 mm discs gripped by 6-piston calipers on the front and 388 mm discs with 4-piston calipers at the rear, while an adjustable KW Clubsport coilover kit, built to MHR’s specification, keeps the M3 glued to the track. The company’s ultra light Concave One forged wheels measure 9 and 12×20 inches and are wrapped in 255/30 ZR and 325/25 ZR Continental Sport Contact rubber.

Visually the V8 RS Clubsport receives an aggressive carbon fibre aero package which consists of a lower front spoiler, vented hood, sill extensions, wheel arch flares, diffuser, an M3 CSL-style boot lid and raised rear wing.

The interior of the M3 is strictly business; dominated by a Wiechers roll cage, Manhart carbon bucket seats, aluminium pedals and MHR touchscreen display which allows the timing of 0-100 km/h and 0-200 km/h runs, as well as the monitoring of temperatures, g-forces and boost pressure.

With just 25 units being made, don’t expect to see too many parked at your local circuit. The € 260,000 price tag might put a few people off, too…

[Source: Manhart Racing GmbH]

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