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2021 BMW M3 by AC Schnitzer

A little bit more power and improved aerodynamics transform the BMW M3 into a dream car

One can say a lot of bad things about the new generation BMW M3, but when it comes to power, everyone should agree that 500 horsepower (more or less) is enough for a sports sedan. But AC Schnitzer thinks there is room for improvement, for final output but also for the M3’s handling and aerodynamics. And, its last tuning package does exactly that: transforms the M3 in the car everyone will want to drive!

How much power does the BMW M3 by Ac Schnitzer delivers?

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In standard form, the BMW M3 is powered by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine that delivers a total of 473 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in standard form, or 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in Competition form.

Ac Schnitzer, however, managed to squeeze a lot more from the inline-six engine.

With a few updates to the ECU the final output has been increased to 582 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.
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No word on the performance figures just yet, but the sprint from 0 to 60 mph should be done in less than 4.1 seconds.

What other changes are being offered?

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It started by adding a new front-splitter that will increase downforce by as much as 40 kg (88 lbs) at speed of 200 km/h (124 mph)

More power means that the BMW M3 will require improved handling. For this, the car’s ride will be lowered by 15 to 20mm (0.5-078 inches) in the front, or, if you want even more, you can opt for an ‘RS’ coilover suspension pack that will offer you the possibility to adjust both the compression and rebound.

A few other exterior updates were necessary to increase downforce. Starting with the front, AC Schnitzer added a new front-splitter that will increase downforce by as much as 40 kg (88 lbs) at speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). Also up front, the tuner installed a four-piece deflector set for the front fenders and 2 design elements for the engine hood.

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AC Schnitzer created yet another cool package for the new generation BMW M3
Updates continue in the back, where there is a new roof spoiler that adds another 20 kg (44 lbs) of downforce, a new rear diffuser, and a carbon-fiber rear wing that, together, add another 70 kg (154 lbs) of downforce.

The M3 rides on 20-inch AC3 lightweight forged wheels painted in either Silver/Anthracite or Anthracite/Silver and wrapped in 285/30 R 20 tires at the front and 295/30 R 20 tires at the back.

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In true AC Schnitzer spirit, the interior couldn’t have been left untouched, but the changes were minimal. The standard steering wheel was replaced by one made of fine black Nappa leather and black Alcantara. Also, the paddle shifters were replaced by bigger ones, and the keyholder and the cover for the iDrive Controller are now made in aluminum.


Alina Moore
Alina Moore
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics.  Read full bio
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