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Manhart wants to modify the BMW i8
Though we have no idea what these plans will entail, because all we have to go on are these two speculative renders and the tagline ‘coming soon’. We expect it shall come soon.
We shall also expect it to have yellow accents, hugely kerbable alloy wheels, and bigger, beefier brakes (by way of those monster yellow calipers). Though it appears to look wider in the pics, the i8’s fine bodywork doesn’t look like it’s been adjusted too much, save for a drop in ride height.
Otherwise, it’s left to some rampant speculation. Manhart will likely tune the combustion side of things, meaning the excellent 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine’s power will likely jump from its current 231bhp to something more shouty.
Don’t forget, the i8 also packs another 131bhp motor on the front axle to supplement the engine, making it 4WD. Some fancy new engine software will therefore be required if Manhart ups the combustion side of things to make sure the two powertrains don’t have a full blown marital halfway through a bend.
We imagine there might be some suspension adjustment. There might also be a few new interior appointments. Lazers might even happen. Who knows.
The fundamental question remains, though. The i8 is such a finely balanced and expertly tuned sportscar, will cocking about with it just ruin everything?