Manhart M3 Touring V10
Manhart Racing did something that BMW AG did not. They created BMW M3 Touring. Almost every part of the exterior came from BMW E90 M3 (Sedan version of the car) – M3 E90 front apron, M3 E90 front fenders, M3 E90 side skirts, M3 E90 wing mirrors, M3 E90 bonnet, custom rear apron and widened rear wheel-arches to complete the M3 look of the Touring.
Besides the exterior, there are some other essential parts, which came from the BMW M3 Saloon. The front and the rear axle, the tank, the complete steering system and a range of other parts have all come from the M3. Otherwise the car wont act like a real M3 and that is not the point.
The heart of M3T is the S85B50 engine built-in BMW M5/M6. Naturally aspirated 5 litre V10 with several awards for International Engine of the Year – 2005,2006 and Best Performance Engine – 2005, 2006,2007 and Best engine above 4 litre – 2005,2006,2007 and 2008. Originally the V10 is delivering 507ps and 520Nm of torque, but Manhart gave it some jokers - modified engine electronics, complete stainless steel exhaust system with 2 x 200-cell HJS catalytic converters and 4 x 86mm exhaust pipes to improve the total power to 550ps. Besides that the Vmax limiter is removed.
All this power is transmitted to the road by one of the best gearboxes in the world – 7-speed SMG from M5/M6, combined with variable limited slip differential with locking up to 100% to maintain the traction.
The results on the road are unbelievable – 0 to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 324km/h – probably this is the fastest street legal Estate car in the world.
The suspension come from Bilstein. PSS10 adjustable coilovers is one of the best on the market and the prices speaks itself – more than $2000 for the whole kit. PSS10 provide outstanding handling. In order to brake the car is equipped with Stoptech Sport Trophy Kit - 6-piston callipers at the front combined with 380mm disks and 4-piston callipers at the rear with 355mm disks. Make sure you wear your seat-belt, when you brake hard, otherwise you can injure yourself badly.
The M3T is equipped with three-part RAD Monza black aluminium rims with dimensions – 9.5J x 20" ET20 and 10.5Jx20" ET20 fitted with Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Tyres in sizes 255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20. All this numbers say that the grip is guaranteed, whenever you drive on a track or on a public roads.
Inside the car has heated BMW performance sports seats both for the driver and the passenger. The rear seats are also leather covered in the style of the front ones. The roof and the doors are also dressed with Alcantara. Manhart also equipped the car with special BMW performance steering wheel with illuminating indicator switches, acceleration and 1/4 mile time displays.
The M3T package from Manhart Racing costs €120,000 not including the base car.