Rugged looks, raised stance, and a power increase of 120 horses over the stock X7 makes this Manhart build a desirable monster

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Manhart is known to come up with extraordinary builds. This time around, they’ve laid their hands on the BMW X7 and gave it an armored, military vehicle look. Called the Dirt Edition 2, this X7 boasts of a rugged-looking matte wrap on the outside coupled with smoking-hot black wheels, a raised stance, and a power boost for the V-8 engine under the hood. The Wuppertal-based tuner calls it the Dirt Edition, thus implying that this is a follow-up to the first dirt edition SUV that was based on the BMW X6 almost a decade back.

  • 2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart
  • Year:
    2020
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650
  • Torque @ RPM:
    679
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2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart Exterior
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Manhart has given the SUV a military look. It hasn’t made any structural changes, per se, but has wrapped a custom design foil with matte black brushed surfaces and a 3D rivet look. The dark matte shade goes with the perceived theme and persona of the bulky SUV, but the 3D rivet look? That I’m not sure of. It looks authentic in the images, but that could not be the case in person.

The stock BMW X7 M50i, one with the V-8 engine, comes with 22-inch wheels wrapped in run-flat performance tires. Manhart has swapped these in favor of super-hot 20-inch Black Rhino wheels. They are finished in matte black with a beadlock design. These wheels are wrapped in coarse-tread Maxxis Bighorn MT-764 305/50 section tires. Overall the presence of the X7 is intimidating, but it stands out from the crowd.

2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart Exterior
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The U.S-spec BMW X7 is offered with two engine options – a 3.0-liter V-6 and a 4.4-liter V-8. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine makes 523 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque in the standard form. Power is sent to all the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV takes 4.5 seconds to touch the 60 mph mark from a standstill and has a top speed of 130 mph.

The Manhart iteration pumps up the power figures to 650 ponies and 679 pound-feet of twist, which is an increase of 127 horses and 126 pound-feet of torque over the standard X7. This comes courtesy of an MHTronik Powerbox and ECU remapping. Manhart also equipped it with a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control. You can also opt for either race downpipes without catalytic converters or sport downpipes with catalytic converters.

2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart Exterior
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Apart from all this, the tuner has installed an air suspension that raises the SUV by up to 40 mm, thus making it easier to take it off the roads without worrying about the underbody hits.

How Much Does It Cost?

2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart Exterior
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All the equipment installed by Manhattan is available for sale individually as well. Here’s how much they’re priced, along with their approximate USD converted price as per the exchange rates at the time of writing this article:

  • MHTronik Powerbox - €1,512 ($1,840)
  • ECU Remapping - €2,856 ($3,480)
  • Wheels and tires (set of 4) - €5,798 ($7,060)
  • Air suspension - €2,245 ($2,730)
  • Stainless steel exhaust system with valve control - €3,450 ($4,200)
  • Race downpipes without catalytic converters - €1,588 ($1,940)
  • Sport downpipes with catalytic converters - €3,450 ($4,200)
2020 BMW X7 Dirt Edition 2 By Manhart Exterior
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The interior is customized as per the customer’s needs, so there is no information on that from Manhart. Even if you account for all the equipment that the tuner offers, the total comes up to around $20,000. In the U.S., the BMW X7 range starts at $75,000, but the M50i that comes with the V-8 starts at $99,800. With the Manhart build, the SUV will cost you less than $130,000, which isn’t too bad, honestly.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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