This BMW M8 Competition is faster than a McLaren P1

Manhart Performance has lifted the BMW M8 Competition to 812bhp, and the results are rather impressive

Long-time BMW tuner Manhart Performance has already turned its hand to the M850i, and it’s now worked its magic on the full-fat M8 Competition. As if the standard 617bhp output of its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 wasn’t enough, send your car to Manhart, and it’ll come back with over 800bhp...

An increase of 195bhp and 221lb ft of torque bring total output to 812bhp and 774lb ft, sent to all four wheels through a now-reinforced eight-speed ZF transmission. This additional power and torque comes from the use of a new turbocharger kit, complete with an uprated intercooler and ECU tweaks to ensure everything works in harmony.

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As high as those figures are, it’s the new-found performance that’ll impress you the most. Zero to 62mph now comes in 2.6sec, six-tenths sooner than in factory form, with 62mph to 124mph happening in only 5.7sec – that puts the Manhart M8 Competition two-tenths ahead of the McLaren P1 in the 0-62mph sprint. No top speed has been disclosed. However, the standard car can hit 189mph with the delimiter option.

To help the model withstand the toil of 812bhp (and 774lb ft of torque), Manhart reinforces the gearbox and includes a more free-flowing exhaust system for maximum performance. A valve-controlled stainless steel silencer can be optioned, but if you’d like to go all-out, you can choose to remove the restrictive Oil Particulate Filter and catalytic converters, and add a set of race downpipes, for track-only purposes, of course.

No tuned BMW would be complete without some fresh carbonfibre trim, and so a carbon front splitter, new bumper inserts, a rear spoiler lip and a diffuser are all included. Contrasting gold decals can also be found, matching the new 21-inch wheels with 265 front and 305 rear tyres. New exhaust exits are also fitted, available in either carbon or ceramic-coated finishes. Height-adjustable KW coilovers also lower ride height by up to 30mm, with Manhart’s new suspension set-up aiming to heighten stability at speed.

Inside, Manhart will also add more carbon to the standard steering wheel and shift paddles, and add its own badge should you desire.

Cost for the kit hasn’t been revealed. However, the standard M8 Competition Coupé will set you back from £123,470.

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