Manhart Performance has recently announced the latest upgrade package it has developed, designed for the high-performance flagship BMW X5 M sport utility vehicle.
Manhart Performance decided the first order of business was to access the “heart” and make a critical intervention – the twin-turbo V8 4.4-liter that usually breaths out 575 PS (423 kW) and 750 Nm (554 lb-ft) has been improved by the engineers to deliver even more power. After the operation tapped the engine’s software and at the back a new bespoke exhaust system with dual 100-mm tips, unique downpipes, and stainless steel sport mufflers with valve control was installed, the mighty X5 M was ready for a surprise. The upgrades resulted in a roster of 700 ponies and 900 Nm (665 lb-ft) and naturally the tuner also decided to get rid of the restrictive top speed limiter that resulted in the maximum level being dialed from 155 mph to 196 mph (315 km/h). The package costs a medium-sized 7,500 euros (plus mounting) but if you feel that such massive figures are too much you could go for the soft-upgrade that dials up the power to 640 PS (471 kW).
If money is not an issue, you can go for the matte grey body hue that costs 3,500 euros and put 22-inch BBS SV wheels complete with 295/30 ZR22 front and 335/25 ZR 22 rear Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires available as a set for €4,284. Power is nothing without control so for another €1,188 you can get the Bavarian SAV closer to the ground by 35 mm thanks to the H&R lowering springs. Inside, the tuner can hook you up to an AWRON display for €799 (plus installation).