When we drove the BMW M850i we thought it was a pretty rapid car (read our driving report here). The in-gear acceleration, in particular, is extremely impressive. Then BMW released the M8 in ‘regular’ and Competition flavours, which are even quicker. A German tuner claims that it has built the fastest BMW M8 in the world… say hello to the Manhart MH8 800.
From the factory the BMW M8 dishes up 441 kW, if you opt for the M8 Competition that figure rises to 460 kW with a more than healthy 750 N.m of torque. The latter car can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 3,2 seconds, which is already pretty quick for a circa two-ton coupe that seats four. Flat out an M8 will do 305 km/h. Well, the Manhart MH8 800 looks at those figures and laughs.
The German tuner starts with the M8 Competition and installs an intercooler of its own design. They also rewrite the software in the car’s engine control unit (ECU). This may not seem like a great deal of revision but the result is 614 kW of power and a whopping 1 050 N.m of torque. These figures enable the Manhart MH8 800 to sprint from 0-100 km/h in a hypercar-rivalling 2,6 seconds. The sprint from rest to 200 km/h is completed in an impressive 8,3 seconds. Manhart says the engine can handle the added power without any problems. Smartly, the transmission has also been upgraded.
Check out another crazy creation, an Audi Q8, from Manhart at this link.
The Manhart MH8 800 has several touches to help set it apart from a regular M8. The carbon-fibre front spoiler lip and inserts on the front apron make it appear more aggressive, along with a rear spoiler lip and diffuser insert. The MH8 800 has Manhart’s signature decorative stripes in gold. Massive alloy wheels measure 21×9 at the front and 21×10,5 inches at the rear, these are shod with 265/30 and 305/25 tyres respectively. Height-adjustable suspension from KW lowers the ride height 30 mm. Manhart also embellishes the cabin with carbon trim applied to the steering wheel and shift paddles.
You can see and listen to the car in action in the video below: