Manhart Performance has introduced an upgrade kit for the latest BMW X5 M high-performance SAV.

Manhart Performance has introduced an upgrade kit for the latest BMW X5 M high-performance SAV.

Work started underneath the hood where the twin-turbo V8 4.4-liter normally develops an already generous 575 PS (423 kW) and 750 Nm (554 lb-ft). Manhart’s engineers thought there’s room for some improvements and applied their knowhow to squeeze more power from the motor. This was possible by tweaking the engine’s software and installing a custom exhaust system with dual 100-mm tips, bespoke downpipes, and stainless steel sport mufflers with valve control.

As a result of these upgrades, the V8 engine is now capable of developing a massive 700 PS (515 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 900 Nm (665 lb-ft) from 5,700 rpm. Manhart also removed the 155-mph electronic top speed limiter to allow the BMW X5 M achieve an impressive 196 mph (315 km/h). These figures are attainable for €7,500 (plus mounting), but there’s also a lesser package that takes output to 640 PS (471 kW).

If there’s still money left in the bank, the BMW X5 M can receive a grey matte body wrap for €3,500 and a set of 22-inch BBS SV wheels shod in 295/30 ZR22 front and 335/25 ZR 22 rear Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tires available as a complete set for €4,284. The new shoes can be matched with some H&R lowering springs that will set you back €1,188 and will bring the SAV closer to the pavement by 35 mm.

There’s not much going on inside the cabin, but Manhart can replace the central-left air vent with an AWRON display for €799 (plus installation) to give you all the relevant data about the vehicle.

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BMW X5 M by Manhart dialed to 700 PS