German firm Manhart Racing builds a 'family racer'
14 October 2009

Manhart Racing has launched a V10 version of the BMW M3 estate.

Replacing the 4.2-litre V8 usually found in the front of the M3 is the 5.0-litre V10 engine from the M5, mated to the seven-speed SMG ‘box from the same car. This gives it a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.3secs.

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Other mechanical tweaks include the addition of the M5’s limited-slip differential, a modified ECU and a new stainless steel exhaust system equipped with four tailpipes.

Styling changes include a new bonnet, a new front bumper, new side skirts and wider rear-wheel arches. It rides on 20-inch aluminium alloys and its tyres at the front are 255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20 at the rear.

Inside, it gets heated BMW performance sports seats, a full leather interior with Alcantara roof and door lining and a BMW performance steering wheel with illuminating indicator switches, acceleration and quarter mile time displays.

Prices for the Manhart racing BMW M3 estate are from 120,000 euro (£112,000) for the complete car, while its package can also be fitted retrospectively.

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14 October 2009

looks fantastic but its far too expensive i wouldnt be spending my hard earned on it anyway

14 October 2009

[quote Autocar]Manhart Racing has launched a V10 version of the BMW M3 Touring.[/quote]

There is no such thing as an "M3 touring!"

14 October 2009

More of a rich persons play thing than a serious peformance car. A decent used RS4 would still be a better bet.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

EMB

14 October 2009

[quote TegTypeR]More of a rich persons play thing than a serious peformance car. A decent used RS4 would still be a better bet.[/quote] How so? I'd doubt that the V10 weighs more than the RS4s engine plus front differential and driveshafts.

23 October 2009

[quote Autocar]Manhart Racing has launched a V10 version of the BMW M3 Touring.

Replacing the 4.2-litre V8 usually found in the front of the M3 [/quote]

two mistakes- no m3 touring

4.0l not 4.2 litres

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