AC Schnitzer has a fresh package for the BMW 5 Series, making it more aggressive and powerful

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AC Schnitzer is back with a new tuning program for the sedan and touring versions of the [BMW 5 Series->art189917. The kit includes aerodynamic enhancements, suspension upgrades, exhaust equipment, a new set of wheels, and engine upgrade programs that help improve the 5 Series’ power output and performance capabilities. Pricing details for the new tuning program have not been revealed.

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AC Schnitzer offers a comprehensive tuning program for the BMW 5 Series. Beginning in the exterior, the tuner provides aerodynamic parts and pieces that give the 5er a more aggressive look while also enhancing its performance capabilities. BMW 5 Series models outfitted with the M Aerodynamics package will get a slew of add-ons, including front splitter elements and a rear diffuser. The tuner is also offering a front splitter, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a rear roof wing for the 5 Series Touring.

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On the visual side, AC Schnitzer emblems are available. A new set of wheels is also available. Prospective customers can choose from a variety of wheel designs and colors up to 20 inches in size.

Interior upgrades, on the other hand, are limited to a paddle set, an aluminum pedal set, aluminum footrests, an aluminum cover, and a key holder.

On the engine front, AC Schnitzer is offering a software tuning module that raises the 5 Series’ performance potential. For the 540i’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine, the tuner’s plug-and-play module coaxes 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That’s a net gain of 67 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque from the engine’s standard output of 333 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

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AC Schnitzer didn’t mention improvements in performance times, but with the modifications in place, the 540i should be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. Meanwhile, the saloon’s top speed should still remain capped at 155 mph.

A software tune is also available for the M550i xDrive’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. With the modules in place, the V-8 can now produce 620 horsepower, an increase of just under 100 horsepower. The tuner is also working on performance upgrades for the 5 Series’ lineup of diesel engines, but those are still under development.

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Rounding out AC Schnitzer’s new program for the 5 Series are suspension spring sets that help lowers the saloon’s ride by as much as 25 mm (0.98 inches) at the front and 35 mm (1.38 inches) at the back.

Final Thoughts

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AC Schnitzer has done it again. The tuner’s new program for the G30 and G31 BMW 5 Series models is packed with important modifications that improve all facets of the car. From the useful aerodynamic add-ons to the potent engine upgrade programs, the German tuner’s aftermarket tuning offering for the current-generation 5 Series is all you’ll need to turn your 5ers into full-blown performance rides.

  • Leave it
    • Not much work in the interior
    • Doesn’t scream for attention
    • Could be pricey
Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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