Regardless of how good the all-new BMW M2 is, the original model will remain a sports car icon for decades to come and the tuning experts over at Manhart have just completed work on a particularly striking example, dubbed the MH2 630.
For this particular project, Manhart started off with the M2 Competition which left the factory with a detuned version of the S55 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. As standard, the M2 Competition delivers 405 hp between 5,250 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque between 2,350 and 5,200 rpm. Those figures however weren’t enough for Manhart.
The tuner started out by fitting upgraded turbochargers and a new intercooler. The sports car has also been fitted with a stainless steel exhaust with valve control and complete with four 90 mm carbon-fiber tailpipes. New downpipes and an aftermarket link pipe with 300-cell catalytic converters were also installed. All up, Manhart’s MH2 630 delivers 630 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
While the tuner hasn’t released acceleration figures for the car, it will almost certainly be able to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in the 3-second range whereas a normal M2 Competition needs 4.4 seconds with the six-speed manual and 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed dual-clutch.
Complementing the engine upgrades are the same front brakes as the M4 GT4 racing car, complete with six-piston calipers and 380 mm (14.9-inch) discs while the rear brakes have gone unchanged. Elsewhere, the German sports car has been equipped with 3-way adjustable KW Clubsport coilovers at all four corners.
A handful of visual changes have also been made. For example, there are a set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in 265/35 and 295/30 Michelin tires, a new front splitter, side skirt attachments, and a carbon fiber diffuser. The MH2 630 is also rocking an aluminum hood and the rear wing of an M235i Racing.
Manhart’s project is topped off by a stripped-out cabin with a roll cage in place of the rear seats, Schroth Motorsport harnesses, Recaro Sportster CS seats, and carbon fiber on the shift paddles and center console.
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