108.4 hp per liter
(from Manhart Racing
Press Release) – BMW M3 E91 5.0 V10 SMG
Attention all sporty,
family men! The new BMW M3 is also available as a four-door saloon.
That means it’s very easy to justify buying a new plaything to your
sceptical wife (or, in fact, to your own conscience). It's just a
shame that the Bavarian company hasn't yet been able to bring itself
to make an M3 estate.
The tuners at Geilenkirchen-based Manhart Racing probably thought
the same thing when they built the car that BMW didn’t want to
build; an M3 touring. To produce it, the team centred around
legendary mechanic Günther Manhart, furnished the E91 bodywork with
the front apron, front side panels, side skirts and of course, the
characteristic powerdome bonnet from the M3 saloon, designed their
own M3-style rear apron and widened the rear wheel-arches to give
them that M3 look. The aerodynamic rear-view mirrors really topped
it all off. However, Günther Manhart knows that you obviously can't
just make a car look good; it has to have something under the bonnet
too. The axles, the tank, the complete steering system and a range
of other hidden but otherwise essential parts have all come from the
V10 power in the E91
So it only remains to
talk about what really makes the M3: The 4.2-litre V8 engine. But
wait! At this point it should be mentioned that Manhart Racing
specialises in fitting various BMW models with the formidable
5.0-litre engine from the M5 E60. And so the V10 engine found itself
used in another BMW model, the E91. After optimising the electronics
and incorporating HJS’s stainless-steel four-pipe exhaust system
with two 200-cell racing catalytic convertors, the heavy-duty unit
manages an extremely impressive 550 PS, which is kept on a tight
leash by the 7-speed SMG gearbox, also taken from the M5 and by the
corresponding 100% limited slip differential
With the vehicle
possessing such an armoury, it can catapult itself from 0 to 100km/h
in only 4.3 seconds and on the motorway it easily cruises past most
other performance saloons and estates (including the ‘true' M3 and
M5 models) with its top speed of 324km/h.
It's a good thing then,
that Manhart Racing has equipped the car with tunable Bilstein PSS10
coilover suspension and an extremely stable Stoptech Sport Trophy
Kit braking system with a six-piston calliper with grooved 380mm
brake discs at the front and a four-piston calliper with 355mm brake
discs on the drive shaft.
The RÄD Monza three-part
forged wheels with black rims fit perfectly with the character of
this vehicle, and they are available in 9.5” and 10.5” x 20” sizes.
Flat, size 255/30ZR20
and 295/25ZR20 Hankook S1 Evo tyres aim to provide higher levels of
longitudinal and lateral acceleration.
A detailed look at the
interior is also very much worth your. Driver and passenger both sit
in outstanding BMW sports seats, and the back seats can be
upholstered with leather or Alcantara to match those in the front.
Likewise, the leather interior with Alcantara roof and door linings
as well as the carbon fittings and the BMW performance steering
wheel with illuminating indicator switches really give the car that
Manhart Racing has set the purchase price for the complete car
package at around €120,000. If desired, your current basis car can
Vehicle: BMW M3 E91 5.0
Bodywork: M3 E90 front apron, M3 E90 front fenders, M3 E90 bonnet,
M3 E90 side skirts, M3 E90 wing mirrors, Manhart Racing-designed,
M3-style, rear apron, widened rear wheel arches in the style of the
Engine: 5.0-litre V10 from the M5 E60, modified engine electronics,
lifting of the Vmax limiter, complete stainless steel exhaust system
with 2 x 200-cell HJS catalytic converters and 4 x 86mm exhaust
pipes, tank from the M3 E90, 550 PS.
Transmission: 7-speed SMG from the M5 E60, 100% limited slip
differential from the M5 E60, front and rear axel from the M3 E90.
Chassis: Bilstein PSS10 coilover suspension, steering system from
the M3 E90.
Brakes: Stoptech Sport Trophy Kit front and back, 6-piston callipers
and 380mm slats in the front, and 4-piston callipers and 355mm slats
at the rear.
Wheel/Tyres: three-part RÄD Monza aluminium rims in 9.5” x 20” ET20
and 10.5” x 20” ET20, Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Tyres in sizes
255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20
Interior: heated BMW performance sports seats, leather-covered back
seats in the style of the front seats, full leather interior with
Alcantara roof and door lining, BMW performance steering wheel with
illuminating indicator switches, acceleration and ¼ mile time
All further details including prices and delivery information can be
obtained directly from:
Manhart Racing GmbH & Co .KG
Am Kreuz 18-20
Tel.: +49 24 51/ 79 15
Fax: +49 24 51/ 55 47