The Manhart M4 packs all of BMW's DTM wizardry into one machine
Now, that's an M4 I'd definitely like to drive on a daily basis
Back when motorsport was a much more complex and multi-dimensional universe, BMW was running rings competition in DTM, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series. After a 20-year hiatus, BMW returned to DTM in 2012 and in 2016, the German manufacturer launched a special edition version of the M4 DTM race car. They only made 200 units, dubbed the 'Champion Edition' and Manhart, a German tuning company, decided to make it even sportier and more extreme. Here it is.
It's called the Manhart MH4 GTR and it features a much more powerful version of the 3.0-litre engine that powers the M4. They've taken the standard 500-hp unit and given it a new Manhart intercooler, aluminium charge pipes and a new stainless steel exhaust, and an ECU remap. The engine, paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, now produces 708 hp and 723 lb-ft of torque.
They haven't done much with the exterior simply because the original car was already pretty rad to begin with. The white, red and blue colour scheme is untouched but they've added a new carbon GTS-style bonnet, a carbon front spoiler and rear wing, a carbon diffuser and new mirror caps.
They also fitted Manhart Concave One wheels in Silk Matte Black with Michelin Cup 2 tyres. Inside, they've done even less in the sense that you'll find the standard Alcantara steering wheel with Recaro seats and carbon fibre trim with no significant alterations.
Granted, the M4 Champion Edition isn't exactly subtle and it didn't need cosmetic modifications or improvement but what Manhart is admirable, in a way, because they've taken a very fast and very conspicuous car and made it only marginally more conspicuous but considerably faster. Kudos.