AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer knows their way around a number of models in the BMW and Mini line-up, but when it comes to the new Mini Countryman , things are a bit different. The new Mini comes packing a much different body than that of the Cooper , leaving tuning firms with uncharted territory. AC Schnitzer is one of the first tuning firms to tackle this new ground, and with their colorful Mini background, the result should be nothing short of spectacular.

What we got, however, is some minor exterior and interior updates that barely change the look of the car at all. The exterior gets a new set of 18" wheels as standard or 19" wheels available upon request. The interior receives an aluminum pedal set and various gear knobs in leather or aluminum with a digital gear display. Yeah, that’s it.

AC Schnitzer did say that this was only phase one of the package, but we expected a little more out of them. Hopefully, the bulk of it will come in the engine updates in the works. The Countryman is currently powered by 122hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, with the S model getting turbocharged to 184hp. AC Schnitzer has promised that these engines will get a power boost. Let’s just hope we are pleasantly surprised because, as the first tuning kit for the Countryman, this package kind of blows.

The police are definitely making their presence felt at the 2010 Essen Motor Show, although it’s not for reasons you might think.

A while ago, we showed you an Essen-bound Fiat 500 that was dressed in Italian police livery by tuning house Blistein. Turns out, the 500 wasn’t the only law enforcement vehicle expected to show up at Europe’s largest aftermarket auto tuning event.

German tuning house, AC Schnitzer , was also in attendance at Essen and they’ve brought with them the German counterpart to the 500 Polizia by Bilstein.

The Aachen-based aftermarket specialists developed their own version of the Mini E Polizei car as part of their ’Tune It! Safe!’ campaign, which is a part of bigger safety campaign sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

Among the notable modifications AC Schnitzer gave the Mini E includes a new racing suspension system that complements the car’s 204 electric 204 horsepower. There’s also a newly-designed bonnet, new front and rear skirts, and a set of 18" alloy wheels on Hankook tires. Keeping to the theme of a police vehicle, AC Schnitzer also gave it a blue paint finish with unique stickers courtesy of Foliatec. AC Schnitzer also added a Hella signaling system, as well as an interior that has been decorated with a pedal set, a foot rest, and handbrake handle made of aluminum.

This German Police MINI E has indeed been dressed up in full ’Polizei’ regalia to show that while MINI may be a brand that’s as eccentric as any automaker in the world, it’s still capable of tapping into it’s serious, law-enforcing side.

Press Release after the jump.

AC Schintzer is a name that is usually associated with tuned up BMWs , but they seem to be joining the accessory circus with their third installment of the Chronograph, a watch signed by the famous tuner. The new Chronograph 3 will be built as a limited edition and is ideal as an exclusive gift.

This timepiece is strapped around the user’s wrist by an ultrasoft black leather strap with white quilting seams. The body of the watch is made of brushed aluminum with a screwed on base that makes it water resistant up to 100 meters. The outer ring of the watch has a tachometer that includes four "extra instruments" for counting seconds, minutes, and hours.

The feature of the timepiece that is the most attractive is the indices made of superluminova. With this material, the watch’s appliques and roman numerals can be seen no matter what time it is.

Press release after the jump.

As is the norm with AC Schnitzer , better performance and aesthetics are developed with the highest quality and precision for any BMW . The new F11 5 Series Touring is no exception, and today we introduce to you the latest offerings from Aachen, Germany scheduled to be unleashed at the Essen Motorshow. The 5 Touring is built and designed for practicality and ease of use. Now, thanks to AC Schnitzer, practicality has a pretty face and the show to match the go.

In their usual fashion, the German tuners have developed a tasty list of aftermarket options for the otherwise mundane 5 station wagon. Packages are currently only available for the 5 series diesel derivatives – petrol upgrades are currently being developed. At the center of the new options are the AC Schnitzer performance upgrades that include a stainless exhaust, modified ECU, and stiffer lowering springs. After the conversion, the BMW 530d develops an impressive 286 HP and the uprated 535d now produces an impressive 360 HP, whilst the 520d and 525d develop a powerful 218 HP and 245 HP respectively.

Full story and press release after the jump.

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The number of iPhone users worldwide is growing at an incredible rate, and Aachen-based tuning concern, AC Schnitzer, have recognized this trend and plan on embracing it by the introduction of a car configurator app for youriPhone . This app brings consumers closer to showrooms by allowing them to choose a model from BMW or Mini and customize it using available AC Schnitzer parts.

Users can either use an existing image from their gallery, or take an image of their car via the app, and start customizing right away. The app depicts the car in a montage of generated renderings in a tasteful presentation that will no doubt have you ordering parts in no time. Other features include a product showcase, where you can view images and videos of project cars to help you get acquainted to the world of aftermarket Schintzer madness. The app is available as a free download in the iTunes store.

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When it comes to the business of aftermarket BMW bits, AC Schnitzer are the people you speak to. Not only because their quality and fitment is superb, but also because they’re the only BMW approved tuning company – meaning your bulletproof BMW Motorplan remains intact. They offer a host of aesthetic and performance parts for almost every BMW, amongst the favorites being their performance exhaust systems. Not only do they sound much sportier than the factory items, but they also help free up a few horses and Newton-meters to your chosen ride. In this feature you can listen to not only the tuned versions, but also their factory counterparts for an all-round aural experience. Be prepared to fork out some cash though – one of these babies doesn’t come cheap! Cars include: BMW 550i (F10) , BMW Z4 sDrive35is , different versions of the 650 BHP BMW X6M Falcon by AC Schnitzer , BMW 135i and 335i , and the BMW E92 M3 .

Check out the videos after the jump and don’t forget to turn up the volume!

Source: BMW Blog

The German tuner, AC Schnitzer, has unveiled a new tuning package for the latest BMW 5-Series . For starters, the tuner worked on updating the 530d, but the rest of the models on the 5-Series lineup will be getting their modifications soon!

All models will receive an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler, chromed grille, rear skirt insert with integrated sports exhaust, rear roof spoiler, and rear spoiler and side skirts with chromed design elements.

The interior gets an AC Schnitzer "Evo" sports airbag steering wheel with optional AC Schnitzer carbon steering wheel insert, a carbon interior trim, and a carbon sill trim set, all in black "Exclusiv". The models will also receive an aluminum cover for the i-Drive System Controller, aluminum foot rests and pedal set, as well as gear knobs in leather and aluminum (black anodized), with leather and illumination or digital gear display.

The package also includes an 8-piston high performance brake system, an AC Schnitzer spring kit, and 19 or 20-inch Type IV wheels in BiColor or silver.

This tuning kit for the BMW 5-Series by AC Schnitzer actually reminds us a lot of the kit provided for the sedan by Hamann . Hit the jump to compare some photos!

Press release after the jump.

AC Scnitzer never seems to run out of ideas for fine-tuning BMWs with the announcement of their plans for a tuning package for the new BMW 5-Series . In addition to showing a glimpse of what could possibly be the tuner’s first sets of wheels and tires for the 5-Series, AC Schnitzer is also working on a bevy of performance upgrades, exhaust systems, suspension solutions, aerodynamic components and accessories for the 5-Series’ interior.

For now, though, the tuner is only offering Type IV 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, in BiColor or Silver color and 20" Type V lightweight forged wheels.

Press release after the jump.

When it comes to building tuning programs for BMW cars, you won’t find a tuning house that’s more capable than AC Schnitzer. The famed German tuner has done some sort of tuning package for a lot of BMWs in the past and with the recent release of the BMW 5-Series GT, it was only a matter of time before AC Schnitzer began working on a program for 5-Series GT.

And as expected, the German tuner has once again delivered on latest project: a tuning program for the new BMW 5-Series GT . The tuning kit for the 5-Series GT is based on the six-cylinder 530d, which spikes the engine’s total output from the standard 245 horsepower to 286 horsepower.

Among the notable features of AC Schnitzer’s exterior package for the 5-Series GT includes a twin sports rear silencer, chromed "Sports Trim“ tailpipe trims and chromed "Racing" tailpipe trim, front and rear spoilers, bonnet Vents with chromed center web, side skirts, and 19" or 20" alloy forged wheels.

Press release after the jump.

AC Schnitzer revealed today the first details on a new customization program for the X1 SUV, offering both performance and handling upgrades, but also a new styling. Official debut will be made in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The exterior package includes: front spoiler and rear skirt extension, a new rear roof spoiler, engine bay venting, AC Schnitzer Bonnet Vents, chromed center webs and new 19" wheels in 5 double spokes design.

The BMW X1 xDrive23d has been upgraded to 240 HP and the 2.0 d and 1.8 d units to 210 and 171 HP respectively.

Press release after the jump.


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