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2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

Famed Bimmer tuner takes its shot at Bavaria’s flagship M model

Like most cars, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is far from perfect. It’s preposterously fast for a car that weighs in excess of two tons, and yet, the speed doesn’t really translate to the kind of enjoyable driving experience you’d expect from BMW’s range-topping model. Fortunately, AC Schnitzer is always there to answer the bell.

The German tuner known for developing programs for all sorts of Bimmers has come up with a program for the M8 Gran Coupe, one that addresses some of the perceived shortcomings of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe. The result is what you’d expect from AC Schnitzer.

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This Video Is Probably The Best Way To Explain Why AC Schnitzer Should Tune Your BMW Z4

This Video Is Probably The Best Way To Explain Why AC Schnitzer Should Tune Your BMW Z4

This is all the proof you need that AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models

In keeping with the reputation that it has built over time, AC Schnitzer’s program for the new Z4 Roadster M40i covers a lot of ground. From form to function, we see the tuner’s imprint on the Z4 Roadster M40i, including the addition of several aerodynamic pieces to go with a new set of wheels, an equally new custom exhaust setup, suspension upgrades, and, of course, an engine modification program that adds more power to the Z4 M40i’s already potent 335-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

All these upgrades are meant to improve the Z4 M40i’s overall appeal, and judging by this before-and-after video that AC Schnitzer provided, the upgrades are also significant in the way we see the German roadster.

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2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

2020 BMW X3 M Competition by AC Schnitzer

German tuner jolts Bimmer’s performance crossover to life

AC Schnitzer knows its way around BMW models. That knowledge comes in handy when we’re talking about a comprehensive aftermarket program for one of Bimmer’s resident performance crossovers, the X3 M.

You’re probably thinking the same thing. The X3 M already has 510 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t need more power than what it already has, right? Well, don’t tell that to AC Schnitzer. The German tuner isn’t interested in what’s already there; it’s in the business of imagining what it could become and bringing that scenario to life. The product of all that is this extensive tuning program that not only adds a slew of aerodynamic improvements to the X3 M, but, more importantly, also adds more power to what is already a powerful performance workhorse.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t announced pricing details for the X3 M Competition program, but rest assured, expect to pay somewhere in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 for the program alone.

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2020 Toyota Supra by AC Schnitzer

2020 Toyota Supra by AC Schnitzer

The Japanese sports car with German DNA gets tricked out by one of the finest tuners in the land

The all-new Toyota Supra A90 is an aftermarket tuner’s dream, and it hasn’t taken long for the world’s best tuners to build programs for the returning sports car icon. As you know, AC Schnitzer typically specializes in building aftermarket kits for BMW models but, since the Toyota Supra is a BMW at heart, AC Schnitzer is able to show it some love. AC Schnitzer’s program for the sports car is as all-encompassing as it gets. There’s a full line of upgrades to the Supra’s exterior, interior, engine, and a lot of mechanical parts in between. AC Schnitzer hasn’t rolled out the full price list for this new program, but you can bet it won’t be cheap.

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2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer

2019 BMW X5 G05 by AC Schnitzer

This German tuner further enhances the driving dynamics of the fourth-gen X5 with its mods

BMW is known for its elegant, capable, and good-looking vehicles, be it the sedans, SUVs, or sports cars. It’s been 20 years since the X5 was launched, and this is the fourth-gen of the SUV. However, the latest design philosophy has kind of diluted the last aspect for the majority of people. The kidney grille is not exactly a favorite, but BMW, for some reason, thinks this design will age well and is persistent to continue with it. But, thanks to companies like AC Schnitzer, these vehicles are looking quite good even in the latest iteration. AC Schnitzer got its hands on the 2019 X5 and has done magic on the SUV to make it look a lot better than what it does in stock condition. Are there any changes except for the makeover?

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2016 BMW M2 by AC Schnitzer

2016 BMW M2 by AC Schnitzer

Renowned BMW tuner joins in on the M2 tuning race

When you start talking about aftermarket tuning companies that specialize on BMWs, the name AC Schnitzer will inevitably come up in the discussion. The German tuner prides itself on being one of the best in the business when it comes to creating programs for Bimmers and that form has held true to this day. Take for example its latest project for the BMW M2. It’s loaded with upgrades from front to back and everything else in between. That includes a tuning upgrade that brings the sports coupe’s output up to 420 horsepower, 50 ponies more than the stock output of 370 horses.

It’s hard to expect anything less than the best from AC Schnitzer. In addition to the engine upgrade, it also prepared an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, interior upgrades, and suspension adjustments, all with the goal of turning the M2 into a bonafide sports car. Hard to argue against that logic, right?

The kit also happens to come at a time when so many other tuners are taking stabs at the BMW M2. A lot of the past programs we’ve covered have been impressive in their own right, but with AC Schnitzer in the mix, the choice of which program is the best just became a lot more difficult.

So go ahead, check out what AC Schnitzer has to offer. Just be reminded that the tuner earned its reputation for a reason.

Continue after the jump to read more about the BMW M2 by AC Schnitzer.

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2016 MINI Cooper by AC Schnitzer

2016 MINI Cooper by AC Schnitzer

German tuner polishes up the Cooper family

The Mini Cooper belongs in arguably one of the most competitive markets in the industry these days. When that is the case, auto tuners often find themselves in a similar position as they’re compelled to build programs that compete with their contemporaries. That’s the case with AC Schnitzer, the renowned tuner of all things Mini that just presented its new tuning program for the Mini Cooper in response to a number of other tuners building their own kits for the hatchback. In order to differentiate itself, AC Schnitzer is offering tuning kits for numerous variants of the Cooper, including power upgrades for the coupe, convertible, Cooper S, and Cooper John Cooper Works, the last of which now gets 265 horsepower.

In typical AC Schnitzer fashion, the German tuner is offering plenty of complementary pieces to this program. From the cosmetic side to the aerodynamic side, there are subtle modifications here and there that provide a unique tuning experience for the Cooper. New wheels are also being offered, as is a new suspension kit that improves the car’s handling in the wake of all the modifications on the car’s body and engine.

It’s a complete program in a lot of ways, and one that Mini Cooper owners will appreciate. It’s not going to turn the Cooper into a rocket on four wheels, but it should be able to push all the right buttons to improve the driving experience of the car.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 BMW X6 Falcon By AC Schnitzer

2016 BMW X6 Falcon By AC Schnitzer

German tuner builds another wonder kit for BMW

Ever since it was established in 1987, the aftermarket tuning company AC Schnitzer has built a reputation as one of the preeminent BMW tuners in the business. With the possible exception of Alpina, no other aftermarket tuning shop is as closely associated to Bavaria’s finest models as AC Schnitzer. That cache has been with the German tuner for years and it’s that same cache that was on full display at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show where AC Schnitzer presented the Falcon program for the BMW X6.

Like most of its projects, AC Schnitzer focused its attention on three important element of the X6: the exterior, suspension, and engine. Each of these three sections were given comprehensive modifications with each part complementing the other two and vice versa.

That’s where the genius of the tuner manifests itself. AC Schnitzer’s blueprint in building the perfect kit involves a unique interplay between all the moving parts of the program, thus creating an overarching improvement on all facets of the SUV. That’s what this Falcon program offers for owners of the X6, and if I’m to be honest, it’s arguably one of the most rounded kits AC Schnitzer has built for the coupe-SUV.

Considering how many that’s been, those words are high praise.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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Mini John Cooper Works by AC Schnitzer

Mini John Cooper Works by AC Schnitzer

Known for its tuning kits for BMWs and Minis, AC Schnitzer has pulled the covers off of its latest program for the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works.

Like most of its programs, AC Schnitzer’s aftermarket update on the Cooper JCW isn’t all about flashy aesthetics. The German tuner isn’t known for being boisterous. What customers will instead get is a program that focuses on the performance side of the hot hatchback. The Cooper JCW, after all, is the most powerful Mini ever developed. But even with that claim to fame, everyone knows that there are still a lot untapped horses inside that turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s what AC Schnitzer sought to unleash, and for the most part, the tuner successfully did just that.

That said, the impressive engine upgrade isn’t the only pertinent feature of the program. A handful of aerodynamic kits are also included. Same with the interior, which received its share of new accessories, and the suspension, which was fitted with lowering springs to help improve the hatchback’s handling and agility. Overall, this kit is what people in the aftermarket industry refer to as a “professional tuning program.”

That’s what AC Schnitzer is known for and as always, it delivers on that front yet again.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini John Cooper Works by AC Schnitzer.

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2016 BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer

2016 BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer

The debut of AC Schnitzer’s tuning kit for the new BMW X6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show meant it would only be a matter of time before a similar program would be unveiled for the more powerful X6 M. Well, it certainly didn’t take long because the German tuner has just released the details for the said program.

Similar to the setup of the X6 tuning kit, the version of the X6 M is as comprehensive as it’s going to get. It has exterior modifications, suspension upgrades, and minor interior improvements. Most importantly, it comes with an impressive engine upgrade that adds almost 80 horsepower to the X6 M’s output.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t said how much the program’s going to cost. I do think that the cost of acquiring this program would fall somewhere in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. If you are really interested in the program, your best bet is to hit up AC Schnitzer to get a quote on the kit. Since some parts can be added as extra options, the price could vary depending on what you want to put into your X6 M.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

2014 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe By AC Schnitzer

I’ve always had a fondness for AC Schnitzer. The German aftermarket company is one of the best BMW tuners in the world and it looks to solidify that reputation with the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Lots of other companies and groups have started to tune BMW’s new mid-szie coupe, but AC Schnitzer has that extra experience and legacy that makes it one of the most well-known on the market.

AC Schnitzer’s history with the German automaker is as long as it is rich. If there’s one tuner you’d want working on a BMW, especially one that is as new and as popular as the 4 Series, it’s AC Schnitzer. There are new visual upgrades, aerodynamic tweaks, and a host of performance improvements.

You’re going to need to check it out for yourself, but trust me; you’re not going to be disappointed.

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2015 BMW 2 Series by AC Schintzer

2015 BMW 2 Series by AC Schintzer

Developed as a successor to the 1 Series Coupe, already a classic among BMW enthusiasts, the 2 Series is not just good-looking, but powerful as well. The 228i delivers 240 horses and strong performance while returning 36 mpg on the highway, and the M235i will make your heart pump faster with the 320 ponies residing under the hood. Add the fuel-efficient, yet still potent diesel engine available in Europe and you got a complete vehicle on your hands. But does this mean the 2 Series can’t be improved upon? Hell, no!

At least not if you ask the folks over at AC Schnitzer, who have been meddling with Bimmers since the late 1960s. There’s no such thing as a new BMW without an AC Schnitzer package, and the 2 Series is the perfect proof that the Aachen-based specialist means business. It didn’t take too long for AC Schnitzer to come up with a series of updates for the 2 Series, which can now benefit from increased output rating across the entire lineup. Well, almost, as the U.S.-spec 228i is not included yet. But AC Schnitzer’s new offering is not just about added horsepower. These compact Bimmers are also enhanced by aerodynamic parts and various interior upgrades. Check them all out past the jump.

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2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer

2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe ACS4 TUNE IT! SAFE! by AC Schnitzer

A highlight of the 2013 Essen Motor Show is the TUNE IT! SAFE! car and this year, the Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT) has introduced the BMW 4 Series-based ACS4 2.8i Coupe.

The Bimmer coupe was worked on by AC Schnitzer, hence the familiar nomenclature, and comes with a steady diet of aftermarket upgrades that would make the the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development really proud.

It’s an extensive project, just like previous TUNE IT! SAFE! models and appropriate for an event like Essen. The ACS4 2.8i Coupe comes with a number of new aero components from AC Schnitzer, including a front and rear spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Adding to those new items to the exterior are a new set of 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook 245/30ZR21 Ventus S1 evo tires and an adjustable race-spec suspension that not only lowers the height of the coupe by 25 mm (0.98 inches) but also gives it improved stability in the event the police car is used for law-enforcing purposes.

For the interior, AC Schnitzer continued with its functional modifications on the 4 Series Coupe. None of the upgrades will blow your socks off, but for what they’re worth, the new floor mats, key holder, and aluminum gear knob, foot rest, handbrake handle, and pedal set all represent upgrades in their own right.

Under the hood of this specially-prepared 4 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer did a sizable performance bump, increasing the output of the sports car’s 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine from 245 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 294 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. With these new numbers, the sports coupe can now hit 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, 50 to 112 mph in 12.7 seconds. Top speed is still limited to 155 mph, though, so that’s a little disappointing.

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