2008 AC Schnitzer BMW ACS1 3.5i


(from AC Schnitzer Press Release)  The Legend Continues:  The AC Schnitzer ACS1 3.5i

Not only in proportions is the new 1-series Coup a worthy successor to the BMW 2002, but also
technically: As in the 70s, the current most powerful standard version is powered by a "charged"
engine. Daringly, the overtaking prestige was then enhanced further by the mirror-image Turbo
logo on the front spoiler. In the 1-series Coup, the possibilities are more refined, not least thanks
to AC Schnitzer from Aachen. And naturally the company founded in Aachen in 1987 has made
more than its logo available in its refinement package. Particularly impressive is the extensive
AC Schnitzer bodykit including front grille, which is far more than mere decoration, but also
effectively harmonised into the entire concept. The front spoiler elements and the rear skirt
insert, together with the rear wing and rear roof spoiler, increase downforce and ensure better
ground adhesion. For the front spoiler elements, AC Schnitzer supplies optional aluminium struts
as used in motorsport - after all, the BMW 2002 was renowned for its track speed at the time. And
it is on one particularly legendary circuit, the Nrburgring North Loop, that Manfred Wollgarten,
Technical Director at AC Schnitzer, set up the sports suspension for the ACS1 3.5i. As a Touring
Car driver, he knows what he's doing. He also sent the Coup on its way with another strut brace
for the front, to further reduce the torsion of a body already very stiff as standard. So at every
point on the course, the driver has total control over the vehicle to centimetre precision when he
turns the neat AC Schnitzer 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel. And that's good, because
finally the unrestrained power of the biturbo engine is applied on the right track. Especially since
AC Schnitzer has not only improved the downforce of the vehicle, but also its thrust. Its heart
now beats at 360 instead of 306 HP (265 instead of 225 kW) and accelerates the fiery 1-series
Coup to 100 km/h in less than five seconds. At the same time, the maximum torque rises
from 400 to 450 Nm and the top speed from 250 to an impressive 300 km/h.

Values which you can not only see but also hear because the AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer
with its refined "Racing tailpipe sounds its baritone. It goes almost without saying that
AC Schnitzer also offers a range of sporting alloy wheels for the ACS1 3.5i. The perfect
complement with their sleek and refined design are the Type IV "BiColor" rims in size 8.5Jx19"
and tyres 225/35R19. The stuff of dreams for drivers of the BMW 2002, just like the countless
attractive interior components from AC Schnitzer in the form of controls and decor elements of
aluminium and carbon.

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