Manhart has added the BMW X7 to its catalogue of modified cars, with the German brand’s flagship SUV getting an off-road-ish makeover and more power.
Inspired by armored command vehicles of special force units, the body was wrapped in a custom foil with matte black brushed surfaces and 3D rivets. It also sports the tuner’s 20×10-inch Black Rhino rims shod in chunky Maxxis Bighorn MT-764 305/50 rubber and a modified air suspension, which has increased ground clearance by around 40 mm (1.6 in).
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Based on the M50i version of the X7, the MHX7 650 Dirt Edition, which is the official name of the project, also boasts more power thanks to the Manhart’s HJS downpipe that reduces back-pressure, a stainless steel exhaust system with valve control, and re-mapped software. As a result, the tuned X7 now has 650 PS (641 HP / 478 kW) and 920 Nm (679 lb-ft) of torque.
This makes Manhart’s MHX7 650 Dirt Edition more powerful than the 621 PS (612 HP / 457 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) Alpina XB7, which can run the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds and has a 290 km/h (180 mph) maximum speed.
By comparison, the stock twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 produces 530 PS (523 HP / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) and is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive with M Sport rear differential. This combo allows the X7 M50i to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h), or 155 mph (250 km/h) with summer performance tires.