The German aftermarket specialist has decide to celebrate three decades of existence with a great engine swap – the M2 gets the powertrain of the M4 brother.
Back last year in October BMW probably made itself an early centenary present by presenting in front of the worldwide audience the eagerly anticipated M2 Coupe. Not long after, Manhart took notice of the new kid on the block – dubbed the spiritual successor of the E30 M3 – with a rework of the high-performance coupe that packed an upgraded turbo-six 3.0-liter N55 engine that was beefed up from the standard 370 hp to 450 hp. Now, the German tuner has decided to revisit the M2 – but this time around they opted for a wildly different approach – taking the M4 engine inside the M2 engine bay.
Manhart hasn’t stopped at simply replacing the engines, with the S55 unit having been customized from the regular 431 hp to a very impressive 630 horsepower. This is also the 30th birthday present bears the moniker “MH2 630” – and so far the tuner has remained mysterious in keeping under wraps the customizations that enabled the beefy power increase. With the mechanical changes in place, the M2 also got a BMW Individual Sunburst Gold Metallic body hue and an exclusive set of 19-inch black wheels with yellow/gold brake calipers to go with the exterior finish. The design changes include a vented hood, large front splitter, massive air vents, extended side skirts, and a carbon fiber trunk lid spoiler.