Friday, October 23, 2009

V10-powered BMW M3 estate

Manhart Racing has launched a V10 version of the BMW M3 estate.

Replacing the 4.2-litre V8 usually found in the front of the M3 is the 5.0-litre V10 engine from the M5, mated to the seven-speed SMG ‘box from the same car. This gives it a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.3secs.

Other mechanical tweaks include the addition of the M5’s limited-slip differential, a modified ECU and a new stainless steel exhaust system equipped with four tailpipes.

Styling changes include a new bonnet, a new front bumper, new side skirts and wider rear-wheel arches. It rides on 20-inch aluminium alloys and its tyres at the front are 255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20 at the rear.

Inside, it gets heated BMW performance sports seats, a full leather interior with Alcantara roof and door lining and a BMW performance steering wheel with illuminating indicator switches, acceleration and quarter mile time displays.

Prices for the Manhart racing BMW M3 estate are from 120,000 euro (£112,000) for the complete car, while its package can also be fitted retrospectively.

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