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AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer

It seems that G-Power is not the only tuner who has shown interest in the new BMW M5 . AC Schnitzer headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with a new ACS5 Sport package based on the M5 with plenty of exterior and interior modifications, as well as a power boost.

The ACS5 Sport will be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine tuned to deliver a total of 620 HP and a peak torque of 531 lbs-ft. That’s a little less than the G-Power’s 640 HP, but is still an increase of 60 HP and 30 lbs-ft.

The exterior package includes a carbon front spoiler, chromed front grille, rear roof spoiler, rear spoiler, and carbon rear diffuser. The ACS5 Sports sits on a new set of 21" forged alloy rims combined with an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit. The car comes painted in a very cool "Magic Blue" paint job combined with silver livery. For the interior, the tuner is offering trims and steering wheel finished in "Magic Blue," aluminum
pedals with matching foot rest, and velour floor mats.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have a new set of live images of the BMW M5 ACS5 Sport’s official debut in Geneva. Enjoy!

AC Schnitzer is one of the first tuners to offer an upgrade package for the new generation BMW 3-Series . Their kit, named ACS3 2.8 Turbo, is set to make its world debut next week at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but until then the tuner has decided to offer us a few new details on the model.

Based on the BMW 328i, the new ACS3 2.8 will take the brand-new 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and tuned it to deliver a total of 295 HP and a peak torque of 302 lb-ft, up from the standard 245 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. This boost in power is accompanied by a sports rear silencer with two chromed "Racing" tailpipes in a right/left combination.

For the exterior, the tuner has added a front spoiler, chromed front grille, rear roof spoiler, rear spoiler, and rear skirt extension, complemented by designer stripes. The car will be offered with 18-, 19-, and 20-inch wheels combined with a suspension spring kit. For the interior, AC Schnitzer is offering a "Black Line" aluminum cover for the BMW "i-Drive" system controller, a "Black Line" aluminum handbrake handle, an aluminum pedal set, foot rests, and velour floor mats.

Sales for the BMW ACS3 2.8 Turbo by AC Schnitzer will begin in the summer of 2012.

AC Schnitzer has started the new year in style with a refreshing tuning kit for the new Mini Coupe with both exterior and interior modifications. In fact, this is the first kit ever produced for the small Coupe, adding one more desirable trait for the German tuner’s package.

Aside from the appeal of being the first tuning kit made available, AC Schnitzer has polished up the exterior with a new decor set available in various designs, with AC Schnitzer decal sets (several versions), a rear sticker stating "Technology & Design," and a rear skirt protection foil. The interior was also enhanced with a new gear knob with digital gear display, a new aluminum pedal set, foot rests, a "Black Line" handbrake handle, and velour foot mats. The final changes made to the aesthetics of the Coupe are the new 18" Mi 1 silver or bi-color wheels.

The biggest changes, however, were provided for the handling and driving characteristics of the Mini Coupe . The vehicle was updated with the use of a new limited slip differential, a stainless steel sports rear silencer with chromed Racing tailpipe trim, a new sports exhaust system, and a high performance brake system, consisting of 4-piston fixed calipers, slotted brake discs, a set of new brake pads, caliper mounting brackets, and steel brake pipes. These modifications can then all be combined with a height-adjustable racing suspension or an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit, an aluminum strut brace, and a special antiroll bar for the rear axle.

In addition to the plethora of adjustments, AC Schnitzer has also stated that an upgrade package for the Mini Coupe’s four cylinder engine would follow shortly.

What would the 2011 Essen Motor Show be without the participation of some of Germany’s homegrown tuning companies?

Fortunately, we won’t have to answer that question because at least one of those tuning companies will on-hand to present their new tuning programs. BMW tuner extraordinaire, AC Schnitzer, has prepared a couple of cars for Essen, with one being a modified 1-Series F20 hatchback. Coming to the party packed with styling and performance upgrades, AC Schnitzer’s "ACS1" program certainly belongs on the big stages of Essen.

The exterior and interior of the car were both given some fancy dress-ups. For the former, the changes include the addition of a new front apron and a new roof spoiler to go along with some special graphics on the sides of the car and a choice of either 18" or 19" alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the interior of the 1-Series F20 received a bespoke gear knob that comes with or without a digital gear display, aluminum pedals, a new handbrake handle, custom floor mats, and an aluminum cover for the i-Drive system, among other things.

The ACS1’s performance package didn’t disappoint either. Before we dive into the power kits for the 118d and 120d models, it’s important to share that AC Schnitzer added a lowered sports suspension kit and a new exhaust system with chromed tail pipes to the performance program. As for the aforementioned power kits, which included an ECU remap, the German tuner managed to bump the output of the 118d from 143 horsepower to 171 horsepower while the 120d gets an equally impressive spike, from 184 horsepower all the way up to 210 horsepower.


When it comes to updating BMW models, German tuner AC Schnitzer always does an amazing job. So when BMW unveiled the new generation 6-Series Coupe , we knew it would just be a matter of time before AC Schnitzer found something to improve upon. The complete BMW 6-Series project will be displayed at the Essen Motor Show.

They can do almost anything they want on the exterior, but the real deal is under the hood. AC Schnitzer did exactly what we would have expected from them by raising the output up to 540 HP, from the standard 407 HP. They have also added an exterior package to improve upon the BMW’s aerodynamics for better performance. These changes help the 6-Series Coupe sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, an improvement over the standard 4.8 seconds.

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW 6-Series Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

If there was something the Frankfurt Motor Show missed, it definitely was not tuning packages. TechArt , Hamann , Brabus , and Alpina , among others, all came out to play. AC Schnitzer was also there with not one, but two impressive packages: the 1-Series M Coupe and the second kit based on the BMW 6-Series Convertible .

For the 6-Series Convertible, the tuner is offering a performance upgrade that will increase the V8’s engine output from 407 to a whopping 540 HP. With the extra 133 HP, the BMW will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, a 0.5 second improvement from the standard 4.9 seconds.

This power increase has been combined with a twin sports rear silencer with chromed "Sport Trim" tailpipe trims, an 8-pot high performance brake system for the front, and an AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit.

For the exterior, the tuner is offering a new front spoiler, a chromed front grille and chrome decor strips, a rear skirt insert, and loading lip protection film. Then there’s the new set of 21" Type VIII forged alloy wheel in BiColor to round out the look from the outside. The interior gets covered in a matte space grey, and benefits from a sports airbag steering wheel, an AC Schnitzer "Black Line" aluminum cover for the i-Drive system controller, and AC Schnitzer aluminum foot rests and pedals.

BMW ’s new X3 has been on sale since the Fall 2010 and, surprisingly, not many tuning firms have paid much attention to the SUV. BMW is typically a brand that sits right at the top of the list for many tuners, so owners of the X3 are probably scratching their heads wondering when it will be their turn to get in on the tuning action. Have no fear, AC Schnitzer is finally here and have brought along a package for the SUV that will prove that the wait was worthwhile.

The German tuning firm’s first bout with the X3 shows a striking front spoiler, a new rear roof spoiler, AC Schnitzer protective film for the rear skirt, and a new set of 22" wheels offered in either BiColor or silver. The interior also gets jazzed up a bit with a new sports steering wheel, aluminum gear knobs in anodized silver/chrome or "Black Line"/chrome, a digital gear display option, and the "Black Line" aluminum cover for the BMW-specific i-Drive system controller.

As for the engine, the full line is still being worked on, but the X3 xDrive20d benefits from an increased power output that takes it from 184 HP to 218 HP. The engines for the 2.8i and 3.5i models are currently under development.


The mad car tuning scientists over at AC Schnitzer in Germany have apparently been working on a secret project based on the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works that transforms the cute little car into the fastest Mini JCW ever. Apparently, in the company’s latest testing, the racing Frankenstein pulled off a sensational lap time of 1:13.341 min. around the Hockenheim Circuit. Okay, so it still can’t beat the KTM X-Bow, the BMW M3 Kompressor , the Mercedes AMG , or the Caterham models, but the power boost was enough to bump it into the next class and leave its class rivals behind.

The AC Schnitzer Eagle, or "little rocket," is able to up its performance from a standard 211 HP to 260 HP with the use of a new turbocharger and intercooler, a new sports clutch, a limited slip differential, a lightweight ion battery, and AC Schnitzer’s Motronic program. Then a stainless steel exhaust system with racing catalyst, a new racing suspension, and a ’Short Shift’ transmission were thrown in to round off the technical specifications. The power modifications allow the Mini Cooper JCW to sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds (down from 6.5) with a top speed of 155mph (up from 148mph).

Aesthetically speaking, the Mini Cooper JCW had to be made meaner with the use of anti-roll bars, a carbon fiber body kit, a carbon bonnet, carbon wings and doors, and a new set of 18" wheels.

AC Schnitzer has valued to Eagle at EUR62,000, or about $88,600 at the current rates, but don’t whip out those wallets just yet; this car isn’t for sale.

AC Schnitzer has already showed up to the Geneva Motor Show with the Z4 99d , but that’s not the only model the German tuning firm is showcasing. Alongside the Z4 99d, AC Schnitzer will also be displaying the ACS5 Sport S, a model based on the BMW 550i . Looking at their creation, no one would be all that impressed; there aren’t many changes done to the exterior leading people to believe it was just another minor and unimpressive upgrade for yet another BMW model. Then there are those other people that would expect a fantastically upgraded engine to counteract the anticlimactic exterior. The second group of people would be correct in their assumptions.

The ACS5 Sport S takes the standard 4.4L V8 engine found in the BMW 550i and has toyed with it enough to bump the standard 400hp to a phenomenal 540 hp and 750 Nm of torque. With the extra 140 HP, the ACS5 Sport S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 200mph. Flying through the corners will also be made easy with an added limited slip differential.

Hit the jump to read more about the AC Schnitzer ACS5 Sport S.


The Geneva Motor Show is ready to crack itself open in just a few hours, but AC Schnitzer has decided to release some details on its line-up for Switzerland a little early.

The first package from the German tuner is called the Z4 99d and uses a diesel engine that delivers 190 HP and 420 NM of torque. With this amount of power, plus a weight reduction of 230 kilos (507 lbs.), the tuner has managed to obtain a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 6.9 seconds, while top speed is 146 mph. This performance is accompanied by a fuel consumption of 3.8 liter diesel per 100 kilometers and a CO2 emission of just 99.18 g/km.

AC Schnitzer also spent some time on the exterior of the BMW Z4 with an interesting paint job. We don’t know just how we feel about the green, blue, and black swirl paint yet, but it may just fit the BMW nicely.

UPDATE 02/28/2011: This review has been updated with the BMW Z4 99d’s full specs, as well as new images.


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