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The MHX3 650 crossover from the Manhart studio has acquired an MHtronik control unit, a stainless steel exhaust pipe, a lowered suspension, 22-inch wheels and carbon fiber aerodynamic elements. Modifications to the brake system and interior – at the request of the customer.

The German studio Manhart has once again taken on the task of refining the BMW X3 M Competition crossover. What results were achieved is evidenced by the change in index from MHX3 600 to MHX3 650, which means that 650 forces and 800 Nm of torque were removed from the S58 in-line six. To do this, the engine was equipped with a proprietary MHtronik Powerbox control unit, an active exhaust and a sports downpipe with a 200-cell HJS catalyst were added. The steel line ends with 100 mm tips coated with ceramic or carbon fiber.

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Traditionally, the crossover’s suspension was lowered: shortened H&R springs lowered the body by about 30 millimeters. The stock wheels give way to 22-inch Manhart Multispoke alloys, behind which are the hefty calipers of the factory M Compound brakes. Without a new body kit, the effect would be incomplete, so a whole set of carbon fiber parts was prepared for the X3 M. It includes front and rear spoilers, side skirts, and a diffuser. The composite can also be found in the cabin – inserts in the steering wheel and steering column switches are made from it.

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Whether all these improvements affected the dynamics or not is not reported. The standard BMW X3 M Competition reaches the first hundred in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 285 kilometers per hour. Most likely, the MHX3 650 does it in 3.5 seconds. But if you want to go even faster, there are very extreme tuning options like those offered by Pure Turbos. There, the X3 M can boost up to 750 horsepower and 940 Nm of torque. This crossover will reach a hundred in 2.91 seconds – this is the level of the 800-horsepower Audi RS6 Avant Johann Abt Signature Edition.

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