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Old 10-14-2009, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default German tuner builds V10-powered BMW M3 wagon

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/13/g...-bmw-m3-wagon/

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Wedging BMW's V10 into an M3 is nothing new, but what if you want the convenience of a wagon? Manhart Racing has the answer. The German tuner has converted an E91 to look like the M3, then stuffed M5's V10 into the engine bay complete with its seven-speed SMG. To quote Manhart Racing..."Attention all sporty, family men!"

The transformation from a standard E91 3-Series Estate to super wagon begins with the exterior, where the car gets the front fascia, front fenders, side skirts, and the powerdome hood from the M3. Manhart Racing then adds their own rear wheel arches and rear fascia that makes room for a stainless steel exhaust system sporting quad exhaust tips. Next, the 5.0-liter V10 gets stuffed into the engine bay along with the the gearbox, and a limited slip differential is mounted out back.

Manhart claims a 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of just over 200 mph. You can buy your own turnkey version for a mere €120,000 or Manhart will gladly upgrade your current E91. Hit the jump for full details.
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Attention all sporty, family men! The new BMW M3 is also available as a four-door saloon. That means it's very easy to justify buying a new plaything to your sceptical wife (or, in fact, to your own conscience). It's just a shame that the Bavarian company hasn't yet been able to bring itself to make an M3 estate.

The tuners at Geilenkirchen-based Manhart Racing probably thought the same thing when they built the car that BMW didn't want to build; an M3 touring. To produce it, the team centred around legendary mechanic Günther Manhart, furnished the E91 bodywork with the front apron, front side panels, side skirts and of course, the characteristic powerdome bonnet from the M3 saloon, designed their own M3-style rear apron and widened the rear wheel-arches to give them that M3 look. The aerodynamic rear-view mirrors really topped it all off. However, Günther Manhart knows that you obviously can't just make a car look good; it has to have something under the bonnet too. The axles, the tank, the complete steering system and a range of other hidden but otherwise essential parts have all come from the M3.

V10 power in the E91

So it only remains to talk about what really makes the M3: The 4.2-litre V8 engine. But wait! At this point it should be mentioned that Manhart Racing specialises in fitting various BMW models with the formidable 5.0-litre engine from the M5 E60. And so the V10 engine found itself used in another BMW model, the E91. After optimising the electronics and incorporating HJS's stainless-steel four-pipe exhaust system with two 200-cell racing catalytic convertors, the heavy-duty unit manages an extremely impressive 550 PS, which is kept on a tight leash by the 7-speed SMG gearbox, also taken from the M5 and by the corresponding 100% limited slip differential
With the vehicle possessing such an armoury, it can catapult itself from 0 to 100km/h in only 4.3 seconds and on the motorway it easily cruises past most other performance saloons and estates (including the 'true' M3 and M5 models) with its top speed of 324km/h.

It's a good thing then, that Manhart Racing has equipped the car with tunable Bilstein PSS10 coilover suspension and an extremely stable Stoptech Sport Trophy Kit braking system with a six-piston calliper with grooved 380mm brake discs at the front and a four-piston calliper with 355mm brake discs on the drive shaft.

The RÄD Monza three-part forged wheels with black rims fit perfectly with the character of this vehicle, and they are available in 9.5" and 10.5" x 20" sizes. Flat, size 255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20 Hankook S1 Evo tyres aim to provide higher levels of longitudinal and lateral acceleration.

Performance interior

A detailed look at the interior is also very much worth your. Driver and passenger both sit in outstanding BMW sports seats, and the back seats can be upholstered with leather or Alcantara to match those in the front. Likewise, the leather interior with Alcantara roof and door linings as well as the carbon fittings and the BMW performance steering wheel with illuminating indicator switches really give the car that racing look.

Manhart Racing has set the purchase price for the complete car package at around €120,000. If desired, your current basis car can be upgraded.

Technical facts

Vehicle: BMW M3 E91 5.0 V10 SMG

Bodywork: M3 E90 front apron, M3 E90 front fenders, M3 E90 bonnet, M3 E90 side skirts, M3 E90 wing mirrors, Manhart Racing-designed, M3-style, rear apron, widened rear wheel arches in the style of the M3.

Engine: 5.0-litre V10 from the M5 E60, modified engine electronics, lifting of the Vmax limiter, complete stainless steel exhaust system with 2 x 200-cell HJS catalytic converters and 4 x 86mm exhaust pipes, tank from the M3 E90, 550 PS.

Transmission: 7-speed SMG from the M5 E60, 100% limited slip differential from the M5 E60, front and rear axel from the M3 E90.

Chassis: Bilstein PSS10 coilover suspension, steering system from the M3 E90.

Brakes: Stoptech Sport Trophy Kit front and back, 6-piston callipers and 380mm slats in the front, and 4-piston callipers and 355mm slats at the rear.

Wheel/Tyres: three-part RÄD Monza aluminium rims in 9.5" x 20" ET20 and 10.5" x 20" ET20, Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Tyres in sizes 255/30ZR20 and 295/25ZR20

Interior: heated BMW performance sports seats, leather-covered back seats in the style of the front seats, full leather interior with Alcantara roof and door lining, BMW performance steering wheel with illuminating indicator switches, acceleration and ¼ mile time displays.
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #2
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:08 AM   #3
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No third pedal, no sale.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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that is a great idea. Wish BMW would make this and that I had the money to afford it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:20 AM   #5
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No third pedal, no sale.
The six-speed transmission that they paired with the current M5 the year after its original release at the request of many American customers ended up being a bad combination from what I remember reading, since it was slower in every way, and it did not come paired with the ability to fully shut off the stability control system. So assuming everything is a direct drop-in straight from the M5, then it's either the third pedal or being able to shut off the traction control, so pick your poison: third pedal fun or tail-happy fun (while actually being able to accelerate faster).
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:12 PM   #6
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The six-speed transmission that they paired with the current M5 the year after its original release at the request of many American customers ended up being a bad combination from what I remember reading, since it was slower in every way, and it did not come paired with the ability to fully shut off the stability control system. So assuming everything is a direct drop-in straight from the M5, then it's either the third pedal or being able to shut off the traction control, so pick your poison: third pedal fun or tail-happy fun (while actually being able to accelerate faster).
In '08, the manual cars were able to go DSC-Off, and the dealer could retrofit the '07 cars. However, the 6-speed doesn't fit the V10 like the 7-speed SMG. The only problem with the V10 is that it was only available in 4K lb packages.

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Old 10-14-2009, 12:32 PM   #7
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No third pedal, no sale.
It's cute that they use a little pedal, though, rather than the usual football field sized brake most autos have.
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:52 PM   #8
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I'd rather it have the M3 V8 and 6MT, but they did a great job keeping it looking like an M3 instead of some insane modded car.
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I'd rather it have the M3 V8 and 6MT, but they did a great job keeping it looking like an M3 instead of some insane modded car.
You know, for some reason, I was thinking that too, especially since most of us love that third pedal, plus the M3 V-8 and its 6-speed manual were actually meant to be mated together.

Don't get me wrong, I bet the M5's V-10 is still truckloads of fun.
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I'd rather it have the M3 V8 and 6MT, but they did a great job keeping it looking like an M3 instead of some insane modded car.


Agreed!

love it otherwise
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Enjoy living in your narrow minded world. I'll take that wagon anyday.
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I'd take it if someone gave it to me, then I'd sell it, buy an M3 then have enough money to repair it when it breaks down.

Id rather have a manual and have fun than have an auto and be omgmarginallyfastar. There's always a faster car out there and in the US you will never use a car like this to its full potential.

So before anyone says they'd track it, You probably wouldn't because it would cost too much to repair and you could get a better track car for the money this costs.
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Enjoy living in your narrow minded world. I'll take that wagon anyday.

I absolutely loooooove MT, can't stand 2 pedal cars. However, I think the power that this offers would be enough for me to look past it.

Then just get an Elise to sooth my need for MT when I'm not trashing my grocery pick up.
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I'd take it if someone gave it to me, then I'd sell it, buy an M3 then have enough money to repair it when it breaks down.

Id rather have a manual and have fun than have an auto and be omgmarginallyfastar. There's always a faster car out there and in the US you will never use a car like this to its full potential.

So before anyone says they'd track it, You probably wouldn't because it would cost too much to repair and you could get a better track car for the money this costs.
And I'm sure you don't use your WRX to its full potential on daily basis either. You don't need the Autobahn to enjoy a car like this.
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no I don't but I didnt pay 120,000 euros($178,000) for it either. Yes I know cars dont convert like that but its still the same amount of money. Much better cars can be had for that price. Even if it were $120,000 you could buy a better car, and a second wagon or truck to haul your crap around in.
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Enjoy living in your narrow minded world. I'll take that wagon anyday.
Thanks!

Enjoy being an overly-critical, self-serious dink in yours.
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LMFAO! i was just chillin thinking...where is the clutch!
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^^^ Careful...you might be cast into the "narrow-minded" group with a comment like that.
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On the drive shaft? What's up with that?

Someone school me please.
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No one can school me on that one?
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no I don't but I didnt pay 120,000 euros($178,000) for it either. Yes I know cars dont convert like that but its still the same amount of money. Much better cars can be had for that price. Even if it were $120,000 you could buy a better car, and a second wagon or truck to haul your crap around in.

Practicality is irrelevant at this price range. Regardless, it's a cool car.
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No one can school me on that one?
You should be posting in the whale penis thread
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