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Schnitzer's smoking 166kW Clubman

2008-05-19 08:56
Renowned Aachen based BMW and Mini tuner AC Schnitzer have visited a host of performance and styling upgrades upon the Mini Clubman.

Although the styling package is typically restrained in true Schnitzer style - featuring only a revised front spoiler and some decals - it transcends the merely aesthetic, providing improved airflow management and better stability.

With an in-house developed damper kit and height adjustable suspension the nimble Mini Clubman Cooper S handling characteristics are improved upon providing and even more dynamic driving package.

The AC Schnitzer Mi1 wheels feature a contemporary design and are shod with 215/40 R 17 tyres, although optional 18-inch wheels with a Bicolour finish are optional rolling 225/35 R18 rubber.

Opting for a traditional approach to performance front-wheel drive motoring the AC Schnitzer engineers have developed a limited-slip differential offering a locking rate of up to 75% to cure unruly torque steer. This contrasts with the John Cooper Works Clubman which features an electronically controlled differential lock function, having the effect of applying specific, appropriate brake force to a spinning drive wheel on tight bends, ensuring optimal traction.

Characteristic of any AC Schnitzer conversion power output has been upped appreciably. The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine has been given a meticulous going over by Schnitzer technical personnel and power has been boosted from the standard 128kW to 166kW, a figure which eclipses even the 155kW John Cooper Works Clubman.

Interior styling details benefit from aluminium finishes on all the tactile driving surfaces including the gear knob, foot rest and pedals. AC Schnitzer velour foot mats complete the interior package.

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