The 3-series offers a superb basis for creating an AC Schnitzer ACS3 from an already excellent BMW. It is precisely this challenge which currently faces engineers and designers from Ac Schnitzer. They are developing a range which on completion will leave nothing to be desired. The first challenge is to develop a performance upgrade for the 2.0d. This will comprise a special Control Unit Program and take the power of the M47D20 TU standard engine to around 147 kW / 200 HP.

For all engine variants engineers are developing sports rear silencers made from stainless steel which will improve the exhaust gas flow. The "chromed" finish comes from the Racing tailpipe, which is available already for purely visual enhancement .


To further improve the driving dynamics of the ACS3 E90, they are currently working on a wealth of suspension components. The first step, already successfully completed, was the implementation of a spring kit which lowers the vehicle by around 25 - 30 mm. In the next stage, the specifications for the suspension engineers include a complete sports suspension and antiroll bar kit with racing strut brace for the front.

The complete modification will perceptibly improve the driving behaviour of the new 3-series for more sports performance with no significant loss of comfort, and also substantially increase safety reserves.


Type II and Type III alloys and racing rims are already available. Wheel/tyre combinations are possible in various sizes from 17" to maximum 19", with 225/35 R 19 (front) and 255/30 R 19 (rear) or optionally 235/35 R 19 (all round).

The avant-garde Type IV alloy with its optional chrome elements constitutes a true highlight in the wheels sector and is also available.

In addition, the latest AC Schnitzer Type IV wheels with their ultramodern look appear custom-made for the latest 3-series. The maximum tyre size is the same as for Type II and Type III wheels.


The appearance of the new 3-series is enhanced by the striking aerodynamic conversion. Depending on personal taste, the customer has a choice between the sports style variant and the Chromeline Design (for the side skirts). In the sports variant, the side skirts are painted completely in body colour. In the Chromeline variant, additional chromed elements are used. The BMW E90 is given a quite unique expression thanks to the new front spoiler. This makes the 3-series look even lower and at the same time improves downforce.

Aerodynamic balance is provided by the rear roof spoiler, the one-piece rear spoiler and the rear skirt with its striking underfloor wing profile. The AC Schnitzer aerodynamic range is completed by the sports mirrors.


For the interior, a carbon interior trim in "Exclusive" silver is available with matching sports airbag steering wheels. Already is available a range of aluminium accessories such as e.g. gearknobs, handbrake handle, pedals, footrests and a cover for the BMW "i-Drive System". Velours footmats complete the range.

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