When Manhart sets to deliver something, the result is nothing but amazing

Manhart has a new toy for big boys and it’s based on the smoking-hot BMW M8 Competition, a car that’s already brimming with performance. Yet Manhart didn’t settle for the stock grunt because, honestly, that’s not what tuners do. So what you’re seeing here is the MH8 800, the fastest BMW M8 Competition... in the world.

Powertrain Upgrades and Performance

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Your bog-standard 2020 BMW M8 Competition is built around the S63 4.4-liter V-8 with 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque (750 Newton-meters). 0-60 mph takes three seconds flat and the sprint can go on to a Vmax of 190 mph with the electronic nannies turned off.

For the sake of the argument, the non-Competition M8 gets 600 horsepower and the same amount of torque from the same mill, with unchanged top speed and 0-60 time.

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In Manhart World, a new intercooler and a software tweak for the ECU go a long way, as the MH8 800 cranks out 811 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque (1,050 Newton-meters).

In return, it dispatches the 0-60 mph interval in 2.8 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than the M8 Comp). There’s no word on top speed, but that should take a hike, too, given the power infusion.

The eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission was also upgraded to handle the extra stress and Manhart offers a stainless steel exhaust silencer with quad 100-millimeter pipes. You can choose to coat those in carbon fiber or ceramic.

Interior Enhancements

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Not too much to write home about but given the M8 Competition’s cabin is already fitted with the best BMW has to offer on all levels, Manhart took the subtle approach. As in, the only changes here include a carbon steering wheel and carbon shift paddles. After all, those are the bits and bobs you’ll mostly focus on, right?

Exterior Styling Upgrades

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It’s pretty obvious that the MH8 800 sits closer to the ground courtesy of height-adjustable KW coil springs that can be lowered by as much as 30 millimeters. Visually speaking, there are a couple of add-ons that set the MH8 800 apart from the regular M8 Competition.

There’s a new carbon fiber front spoiler lip and carbon fiber extra inserts on the apron for a spiced up appearance. The same goes in the back, courtesy of a rear spoiler lip and a redesigned diffuser (these, too, are made of carbon fiber).

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And of course, what you might have spotted already, the body color of choice is black adorned with gold deco stripes on the sides and hood complemented by gold accents here and there. Oh, and the golden-edged, six-double-spoked 21-inch wheels you see here are Manhart Concave One alloys.

Manhart MH8 800 Pricing

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Manhart doesn’t usually publish prices for its builds, but lucky for you, the tuner does have an online shop where we can see how much each item costs. For example:

  • Concave One rims - €2,656
  • KW adjustable springs - €999
  • Carbon fiber front bumper inlay - €1,450
  • Carbon fiber front lip - €2,650
  • Carbon rear lid spoiler - €2,350
  • Carbon paddle shifters - €469
  • Carbon rear diffuser - €3,860
  • Carbon steering wheel - €849
  • Manhart decal set - €999
  • MHtronik Powerbox - €2,499
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Draw a line and these upgrades alone will set you back around €19,000 (or roughly $21,000). On top of that, keep in mind that the M8 Competition starts at €168,000 in Germany ($133,000 in the U.S.) so you’re looking at a grand total of roughly €190,000 or $150,000.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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