The paint on the BMW M2 hasn’t even dried yet as the model was unveiled earlier this month, but that hasn’t stopped the tuners from MANHART to work on an upgrade package tailored to the high-performance coupe. It’s being labeled as the “MH2 450” kit and as the name implies the power boost will take the six-cylinder, 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine from the standard 370 bhp to no less than 450 bhp.
The added oomph will be possible by remapping the engine’s ECU, installing catless downpipes and using a custom exhaust system. This upgrade kit will also serve as a celebration for MANHART’s 30th anniversary in 2016 and as you can see the M2 will also receive several carbon fiber body parts that will be left unpainted to nicely contrast the striking yellow body. There’s going to be a new ventilated hood along with a revised front splitter and a fresh set of alloy wheels painted in black while behind theme are yellow brake calipers.
If you are wondering why tuners are in a hurry to modify the M2, it’s because the availability of the model will be greater compared to its predecessor, the beloved 1-Series M Coupe. According to sources close to BMW, the M2 will be made in approximately 11,000 examples throughout its entire life cycle.
MANHART hasn’t said anything about the car’s performances, but rest assure it will be substantially quicker than the M2 Coupe which needs 4.4 seconds for the 0-96 kmph run while top speed could also increase beyond the electronically limited 250 kmph of the standard version. It will be interesting to find out the engine’s torque after the power boost kit is applied taking into account in standard configuration it already puts out a massive 464 Nm or 500 Nm when the overboost function is activated.