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300km/h BMW 1-series

2007-11-30 08:09
AC Schnitzer, the BMW tuning specialist, has unveiled a radical interpretation of the BMW 135i Coupe.

Amplifying the latest two-door BMW's shape has meant a bodykit including a new front grille, front spoiler elements and the rear skirt insert, together with a new rear wing and rear roof spoiler.

Concerning the front spoiler elements, AC Schnitzer supplies optional aluminium struts as used in motorsport, and all-round the styling packaged ensures a higher level of adhesion thanks to the supplemental down-force generated.

AC Schnitzer's technical director Manfred Wollgarten - himself a former touring car racing driver - was personally responsible for the sport suspension set up of the ACS1 3.5i,. To ensure maximum tensional rigidity a front strut brace was added.

It would be hard to envisage how there could be any improvement on BMW's legendary biturbo straight-six engine in the 1-series Coupe, but AC Schnitzer have managed to massage an additional 40kW out of it.

In ACS1 3.5i trim the 3-litre straight-six produces 265kW and 450Nm, enabling the fearsome little rear-wheel drive Coupe to dispatch the 0-100km/h sprint in less than 5 seconds.

Top speed is a very impressive 300km/h.

The Aachen based tuning company has always been renowned for its striking mags and wheel combinations, and the latest ACS1 3.5i is no exception.

Type IV "BiColor" rims in size 8.5Jx19" and tyres 225/35R19 round off the brooding BMW hot hatch look perfectly.

And to show the AC guys are not just hooligans, safety is catered for by merging the stylish three-spoke AC Schnitzer sports steering wheel with an airbag.


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