The X6 found itself a little brother when BMW unveiled the X4 at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. The X4 was everything the X6 was without the size or the price tag. Naturally, the SUV has gained popularity in the months since its debut. Well, it’s expected to be more popular now that Manhart Performance has developed a program specifically for the X4 .
The German aftermarket company created a tuning kit that should provide more driving pleasure for owners of Bimmer’s new coupe crossover, at least that’s my takeaway after perusing through the all the goodies of Manhart’s kit. The overall look of the Manhart-tuned X4 doesn’t deviate from the original version, which suggests that the tuning firm didn’t add as many aerodynamic upgrades as I would’ve hoped. Still, the lack in cosmetic improvements shouldn’t dissuade customers from purchasing the program. Manhart Performance does have a new set of wheels to offer, as well as a lowering kit and engine modifications that should provide ample improvements in the X4’s horsepower output.
Consider this one an introductory kit from Manhart Performance, because I think the tuner has something even more special down the road.
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BMW X4 xDrive35d By Manhart Performance in detail
Manhart Performance installed a new set of wheels on the BMW X4, but this isn’t just your regular, run-of-the-mill set we’re talking about. This is a new set of the tuner’s own 21-inch, Concave One light metal wheels, and in case you prefer something a little more stylish, you can get the same wheels in a silk matte-black finish. These wheels are wrapped up in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires sized 255/35R21 up front and 295/30R21 out back.
The highlight of Manhart Performance’s kit is the engine upgrade for the BMW X4 xDrive35d. Using its own kit, the German tuner was able to extract 375 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque from the coupe crossover’s 3.0-liter, inline-six, turbo-diesel engine. That’s a sizable gain from the engine’s standard output of 313 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. Manhart Performance also tweaked the 3.0-liter I-6 engine under the hood of the X4 xDrive35i to the tune of 370 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, which is a nice increase from the 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque it produces from the factory.
For the X4 xDrive28i Manhart Performance offers a tuning kit that pushes it from its stock 240 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque to 295 horses and 332 pound0feet of torque.
Manhart Performance finished off its program by installing its own sports lowering kit, dropping the X4’s height by 1.38 inches, which is plenty to enhance its handling.
Gallery BMW X4 by Manhart Performance
With the new X4, BMW completed the already large series of X models by adding a further Crossover model and thereby set a little brother with remarkably similar family features next to the successful X6. The BMW experts of Manhart Performance from Wuppertal are already presenting the xDrive35d top model of the brand new sport activity coupé at a first expanded tuning level!
Manhart Performance’s own Concave One light metal wheel rotates in the voluminous wheel arches of the pictured X4, in the prestigious sizes of 9 × 21 inches on the front axle and of 10.5 × 21 inches on the rear axle. As alternative to the "lacquered gunmetal with polished surface" finish that is shown here, this filigree double spoke design is also available in silk-matt black. The dimensions of the pulled up Continental Sport Contact 5P high performance tyres are 255 / 35R21 and 295 / 30R21. Thanks to the Manhart sports lowering kit that reduces the "innate" long-leggedness of the X4 by about 35 millimetres, the wheel / tyre combinations perform particularly well and on top of that, bring about a significant optimisation of the driving dynamics.
The bonnet of the X4 xDrive35d covers the current top engine of the series: Already in serial configuration, the N57D30 turbodiesel system gets 313 HP and 630 newton metres out of its three litre cylinder capacity. The Manhart Performance Kit pushes the surely not weak six inline cylinders to a copious 375 HP and stunning 740 Nm. The Manhart Performance X4 also delivers independent power in abundance in every imaginable driving situation.
Of course, Manhart Performance does not only have a power Upgrade for the top diesel model, it also offers similar improvements in performance for smaller spark ignition engines and for the turbocharged xDrive20i, xDrive28i and xDrive35i petrol engines, the latter delivering 370 HP and 520 newton metres of torque after the Manhart optimisation was completed (serially: 306 HP, 400 Nm).