Manhart Calls It The MHX4 600

It’s the X4 M Competition, but in a beefed-up guise.

The BMW X4 M Competition, although bold to behold, is quick. And here’s the proof: it weighs over two tonnes, and yet can complete the 0-100kmph sprint in 3.8 seconds. Flat out, it’ll clock 250kmph before running into the electronic speed governors. That’s impressive, isn’t it? Manhart, however, thought otherwise. It couldn’t ignore its usual calling – further spicing up an already hot recipe. And what we have here is the end product. The German tuning house calls it the MHX4 600.

Work began with the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine. By equipping it with either an MHtronik powerbox or by ECU remapping, the output goes up to 635hp/785Nm. Compare those numbers with the standard vehicle, and you’ll notice an increment of 125hp/135Nm. Now, Manhart hasn’t given us the performance figures. But they’ll surely outrun the standard car, which claims a 0-100kmph sprint time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically-governed top speed of 250kmph.

Of course, there’s more mechanical stuff in the mix. Manhart has installed a stainless-steel exhaust system with valve control. That breathes out from four 10cm-wide tailpipes with ceramic or carbon coating. There’s also the option to have no catalytic converters or 300-cell catalytic converters in the mix, connected to the exhaust system via Manhart’s race or sport downpipes. However, such tweaks can make the product non-compliant in certain markets. So, check before opting for those kinds of changes.

Manhart leaves the braking system untouched in the MHX4 600. However, it will upgrade them if a customer wishes. The suspension, on the other hand, has been fiddled with by the tuner. Courtesy of new H&R springs, the SUV-coupe sits 30mm lower to the ground. That, in conjunction with the eight-piece carbon exterior kit, the MHX4 600 looks more race-ready than before. That exterior kit includes a front spoiler, two-piece front skirt add-ons, ORVM caps, a rear diffuser and two-piece front skirt inlets.

The MHX4 600 also boasts typical Manhart flamboyance, with a decal set on the black body and contrasting red accents. Upping the sporty quotient are the Manhart (Alpina) wheels spanning 22 inches in diameter. Wrapped around them are tyres with 255/35 and 295/30 profiles in the front and rear, respectively. One could also settle with one-inch smaller wheels and differently-profiled rubber.

Manhart hasn’t touched the interior of the go-fast vehicle. Hence, it keeps lashings of carbon fibre coupled with sporty fabrics. But Manhart will listen to requests for personalisation. That, of course, will add to the overall cost. 

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