New roadster gets the V10 from the M5 and M6
28 August 2009

A V10-powered BMW Z4 has been launched by tuning firm Gunther Manhart.

The firm has 25 years experience in tuning and converting BMW’s, and with no factory M variant of the Z4 planned by BMW, this V10 version is the most powerful Z4 available.

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The 500bhp naturally aspirated engine is taken from the BMW M5 and BMW M6 and Gunter Manhart has managed to increase the power to 542bhp. The installation proved to be a challenge to the firm, but the V10 unit sits over the cars front axel.

The 155mph speed limiter has been removed and the car is capable of getting from 0-62mph in 3.9secs. Other modifications include a stainless steel sports exhaust, a new six-speed manual ‘box and the differential from the M5.

Prices have not been released by Gunther Manhart.

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Our Verdict

The BMW Z4 has more comfort and added practicality, but has it gone soft?

The BMW Z4 is a fine-looking two-seat roadster with indifferent driving dynamics

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28 August 2009

Why put a v10 in a crap car?

28 August 2009

so why did they do it to the old model Z4 which did have an M version?

BTW TK - hope the hand gets better soon - looks real painful.

28 August 2009

The 2nd generation Z4 was not bad at all and not exactly heavy, should be moving at over 200 clicks no problem. The 4.4 twin-turbo V8 from the X6M would have been even more extreme with all that torque. Even so, a free revving 5.0 V10 with 542bhp will be enough for most I would think.

28 August 2009

I don't think anyone felt the Z4M needed more power but it still is a very appealing concept even though all that mass over the front axle is sure to spoil the Z4s handling.. but I'd love to own one!

29 August 2009

Bet it sounds good through a tunnel with the roof down!

Here's to the crazy ones......

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