The BMW M8 isn’t available yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a BMW that will rival the new car. Customizers have been competing for ways to step up the look and performance of BMWs in anticipation of the M8. One of those is tuning company Manhart, who has released details on their Manhart MH8 600—a new look that will no doubt quiet down the competition almost as quickly as the M8 can go from 0 to 60.
Manhart has taken the M850i and pumped up the performance the car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, jacking up the horsepower to 613 and the torque to 656 lb-ft. That tuning is made possible by a software optimization package. Those new numbers bring the MH8 600 into contention with BMW’s M8 and M8 competition cars, so while there isn’t any word on how fast the MH8 600 will go, we know it can at least keep up with M8 Comp’s 0 to 62 in 3.2 seconds.
Manhart also added in a carbon-fiber spoilers in the front and rear and other carbon-fiber bits like mirror caps and diffuser accents. The MH8 600 also has a stance that has been lowered by 30mm courtesy of H&R springs. The lower stance translates into better handling at higher speeds. The MH8 600 sits atop a set of 21-inch matte black wheels. The tuner’s signature gold line finishes out the look, and additional gold decals are available. Manhart adds in a new muffler that features four large exhaust finishers that are topped off with carbon fiber. Inside, the MH8 600 remains almost completely BMW, with just the addition of an MH8 600 badge on the center console.
While the world waits for the new M8 to make its debut, it looks like the victor of the competition to see who comes up with the best BMW tune up is already decided with Manhart speeding away with the prize.