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Manhart Racing BMW M3 E91 5.0 V10 SMG - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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.

[Source: Manhart Racing]


Family racer

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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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WANT ONE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Major Boner! She's 'presenting' herself to me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Words can not explain the AWESOMENESS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best M3 ever
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like this...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ditch the showy rims and hide the exhaust better, and it'd make a great sleeper.

      I'm all for swapped wagons (I own one) but there's something to be said for subtlety.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agree with both of those suggestions. I hate showy wheels more than anything.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those coin holders on the steering wheel rim? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm fairly certain those are indicator light that grow brighter as you approach the red line. Think of them as a friendly reminder that you are driving a manual and do have to shift out of 1st every once in a while, ven if is the case that this could probably hit 60 in first so, its not actually required that you shift day to day. haha.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Someone
        You're absolutely right...
        ...except if you look closely you'll notice the lack of a third pedal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope shift lights and some other info, that is the bmw 3 series performance wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah ha! Thanks guys!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes doesn't "officially" sell the AMG E63 wagon here anymore, but guess what - its still available special order.

      Word to the rest of the Germans: make all your uber wagons avail on special order and you'll sell at least 1-200 of them yearly. How much could it really cost to certify a bigger engine in a car we already get?
      • 5 Years Ago
      120k euros? I love this, but thank god I don't have a family and I can just buy a highly impractical Porsche GT3RS if I had that kinda scratch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cause top speed is everything?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there are any European Sugga Momma's out there with children, I'm here for you.. all ya gotta do is buy that and I'll be your servant for life.. save for the weekends where I take this thing out hehe.

      Just awesome and I applaud the conversion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where do I get in line?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Badass!! This is what the Magnum should have been. And for those who don't like showy wheels, if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, because everything rides/handles/stops better with 20's on it. Get real. There's a reason why race cars don't have 30 series tires on 20+ inch rims.....

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