BMW M2 Competition gets 621bhp courtesy of Manhart 

The next-generation BMW M2 is on the horizon, so Manhart Performance has given the current car an appropriate send off

With the launch of the all-new BMW 2-series having been and gone, it’s only a matter of time before we see the full-fat M2 hit the road. To mark the end of the line for the current F87-generation car, German tuner Manhart Performance has created its most extreme take yet, the MH2 630.

Designed for track use, the model succeeds the firm’s M2 CS-based MH2 GTR with increased focus and a power output equal to the V8-powered M5 Competition. Under its new aluminium bonnet you’ll find the M-developed 3-litre S55 twin-turbocharged straight-six, but with upgraded turbochargers, improved cooling and a less restrictive exhaust system.

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The result is a ludicrous output of 621bhp and 553lb ft of torque, an increase of 217bhp and 147lb ft over standard. New performance figures haven’t been revealed but with widened 295-section rear tyres providing a boost in traction, expect a significant drop from its factory 4.2sec 0-62mph time.

Though they’ll no doubt help it achieve such high power levels, Manhart’s own downpipes are part of its new valved stainless steel exhaust system, now free of a primary catalytic converter and with the secondary unit of the less restrictive 300-cell variety – the M2’s trademark quad exhaust exits also now feature carbon fibre tips.

In order to haul the M2 back down to sane speeds on track, Manhart borrowed the front brakes from the M4 GT4 racer, giving the MH2 630 six-piston front calipers and 380mm discs – rear brakes remain standard. KW Clubsport suspension, lightweight 19-inch aluminium wheels, the rear wing from the M235i Racing and a host of M Performance carbon fibre aero components are also included.

Perhaps the most impressive new addition is the full roll cage, replacing the rear seats entirely and acting as a mounting point for the Schroth Motorsport harnesses. Recaro Sportster CS seats, carbon fibre shift paddles and a discreetly-integrated auxiliary display for performance and timing data are fitted as part of the package too.

Manhart Performance hasn’t released a price for the kit as a whole, but with such a drastic overhaul, it’s unlikely to come cheap.

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