The AC Schnitzer program for the 5 series (E60) includes a power upgrade for the 530d: With the diesel performance upgrade, the 5-series gets an extra 37 HP (27 kW), which increases the maximum torque of 50 Nm and the maximum speed to 252 km/h.
Acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h takes just 6.9 seconds. Despite the increased power of the ACS5 3.0d, the excellent driving performance, moderate fuel consumption and superb durability naturally remain unchanged. The scope of supply of the performance upgrade includes not only the additional control module but also a sports rear silencer of V2A special steel with chromed tailpipe trim in racing design.
The suspension solutions of the ACS5 E60, which have been thoroughly tested in an extensive programme - including the North Loop of the Nürburgring - have been specially matched to the use of low profile performance tyres.
As well as lowering the car by around 30 millimeters, the sports suspension ensures more sporting handling in combination with excellent driving comfort. Logical extensions are the antiroll bars and a racing aluminium strut brace, which stabilizes the front end particularly in fast cornering and braking maneuvers.
The front spoiler gives the 5’ a more striking outfit and at the same time improves downforce on the front axle. The air ducts integrated into the front spoiler provide optimum cooling for the front brakes. The 5’ is further refined with aerodynamic sports mirrors. The side aspect becomes more elongated with the new side skirts. To give balance at the rear, there is a rear roof spoiler, a rear spoiler and the excitingly designed rear skirt available. Depending on personal taste, the customer can choose whether he wants the additional Chromeline set. The subtle positioning of chrome elements sets new accents for the front spoiler, side skirts and rear skirt.
The sporting outfit naturally also includes the alloy wheels. The BMW 5-series owner has the choice: between the one-piece or multipiece variants of the AC Schnitzer Type IV alloys and racing wheels. Or the customer can choose one of the successful wheel designs Type II or Type III, which are also available.
The highlight in the wheels sector for the 5-series are the new Type IV Racing Rims, which in size 9.0J x 20" at the front and 10.0J x 20" at the rear allow the use of tyre sizes 255/30 R 20 (front) and 295/25 R20 (rear).
The cockpit can also be enhanced with chic but practical accessories - e.g. the ergonomically designed airbag sports steering wheel in leather or with carbon trim. A carbon-fibre interior kit in silver for the dashboard and door trims is also available.
The development of an aluminium cover for the controller of the BMW "i-Drive system" gives the proverbial finishing touch in an appropriate manner.
Last but not least, aluminium foot rests and pedals, gearknobs or automatic selector lever and finally, velours foot mats in the AC Schnitzer design set the decisive tone for the entire interior.