550hp V-10 Powered Manhart BMW Z4 E85

BMW Z4 | August 27th, 2009 by 11
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The previous generation BMW Z4 is still a head-turner. The E85 platform has been and still is considered by BMW enthusiasts one of the most …

The previous generation BMW Z4 is still a head-turner. The E85 platform has been and still is considered by BMW enthusiasts one of the most fun rides to own. While the discussion focus has been lately on the new, redesigned E89 Z4 Roadster, there are bimmer fans out there craving for an older Z4.

Manhart Racing, a German company known for “pumping up” the power in cars by replacing the original engine with a more powerful one, decided to give a present to the Z4 fans. Taking a stock Z4, Manhart managed to turn it into a powerful Z4 M featuring a V10 powerplant.

The 5.0 liter V10 engine from the M5 produces 550 horsepower and takes the tuned up Z4 M from 0 to 60 mph in JUST 3.9 seconds.

550hp V 10 Powered Manhart BMW Z4 E85

For stability, the Manhart Z4 M V10 uses the perfectly tuned Bilstein B16 PSS10 coilovers, the virtually unrestrained power of 550 HP can be brought under control to the tarmac. Black BBS Challenge wheels rotate in the wheel arches of the Manhart Z4 M V10 with 8.5Jx19 ET35 235/35ZR19 front tyres and 10Jx19 ET20 285/30ZR19 back tires.

More information in the press release below

PRESS RELEASE Manhart Racing – BMW Z4 V10

HEART TRANSPLANT – 550 HP in Z4

The M version of the BMW Z4 is famously known by nature for being anything but underpowered, since the chassis of the sports convertible already has a heck of a lot of work with the 343 HP and the forward thrust in the lower gears could last forever.

As is generally known however, the sport oriented motorist can never have enough power at his command. Sufficient cause for Günther Manhart, who by now has over 25 years experience in rebuilding BMW engines – a first for Europe – to transplant a brand new, much stronger heart into the Z4. The transplantation of the ten cylinder engine from the current M5 generation into the narrow engine bay of the roadster was anything but a walk in the park and it earned the Manhart Racing engineers quite a few grey hairs. Nevertheless: everything fitted in the end and now the fire of a 5.0 litre V10 engine with an impressive output of 550 HP blazes above the front axle of the Z4. A catalytic converter, a modified DME electronic control unit and the removal of the factory-set V-Max restriction up to 250 km/h are part of the rebuild. Consistent to the M5 V10 engine Manhart Racing has treated the Z4 to an original M5 E60 6 gear manual transmission which includes a Fichtel & Sachs clutch and a M5 E60 differential. An AC Schnitzer stainless steel exhaust system with four muffler tips which was fitted with HJS racing catalytic converters caters for a perfect V10 sound at the rear.

The Manhart Z4 M V10 goes like hell and thanks to the perfectly tuned Bilstein B16 PSS10 coilovers, the virtually unrestrained power of 550 HP can be brought under control to the tarmac. Black BBS Challenge wheels rotate in the wheel arches of the Manhart Z4 M V10 with 8.5Jx19 ET35 235/35ZR19 front tyres and 10Jx19 ET20 285/30ZR19 back tyres.

Conclusion: 550 HP ten cylinders, an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, kerb weight 1450kg, 2.6kg per HP… who could guess that these impressive figures belong to a Z4? Hardly anyone, however Manhart Racing turns dreams into reality and does this with 25 years experience.

[Source: Automotive Addicts ]

  • greg in atlanta

    hartge did this first two years ago..by first transplanting the previous e39m5 motor and then doing the v10 later on..

  • JRobUSC

    so they can fit the 5.0L M5 V10 into the older, smaller Z4, and BMW can’t figure out how to fit the smaller 4.0L M3 V8 into the larger new Z4? C’mon BMW…

  • viper

    now thats the car Id like to own!….
    550hp and the torque? how much at what rpm?
    1500kg…..well that is not light at all for such a small car but pretty impressive 3.9 to 100

  • http://www.bmwlah.com bmwlah

    what the price of this car??

  • Doug

    What’s the price of a bmw V10 engine? A number of other small car makers seem to use BMWs engines, and everyone and their dog seems to be jamming these things into older BMWs.

  • Hantra

    3.9? If they threw a locking diff on there, it would have to be quicker than that, right? I mean the 997 GT2 is 3.6 with 530hp, and it’s heavier than the Z4.

    That was quite an oversight Manhart. . .

    • viper

      good point , I guess acceleration isnt their strong point.

    • Hantra

      OK Nevermind. I feel like a moron. I just noticed it was an M. I still don’t understand why 3.9 is all it can muster.

  • viper

    bmw never had good accelerations , other cars beat bmw with ease…lots of japs , corvettes , vipers , MBs , some opels and golfs too…..their ‘stuff’ (bmw) is on the tracks and lap times

  • JohnF

    I do say, Mr. Viper has a point here.
    BMW M devision aren’t much into the big EGO of who is faster at acceleration.
    BMW M devision are more concern to plant that giving Horsepower of their cars down to the street. Where most car companies from Japan, including even other German car company’s and specially from USA fail to do so.

    That’s why BMW M Car’s are the kings of lap times in their the territory and times to times above that even.

    So Mr. Viper, for once you made a little good point. But you have totally excoriated with saying “golfs” but hey!
    You are our so called Friend after all because If we all love BMW’s and have no one to disagree with, it won’t be fun lol.

    So
    Cheers to you all out there.

  • JohnF

    PS: forgive me i meant to say * you have totally excoriated with saying “golfs” but hey!* instead of using the word “excoriated”
    and
    That’s why BMW M Car’s are the kings of lap times in their territory and times to times above that even.

    Cheers again.

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