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AC Schnitzer makes a 286km/h Z4M

2009-09-21 08:09
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer BMW
Model AC Schnitzer Z4
Engine 3l twin-turbo
Power 268kW
Zero To Hundred 4.9 sec
Top Speed 286km/h
Weight 1 485kg
BMW’s Z4 roadster is a properly good looking car, right?

Yes, but it could be a bit more performance biased.

This is why Aachen-based tuner AC Schnitzer has upgraded it with more power and styling presence. Top blokes; we like them.

The renowned BMW tuning specialists have left the Z4’s classic roadster proportions untouched, preferring to embellish the exterior styling package with plastic add-ons.

A new chromed front grille and spoiler (designed and moulded to synergise with the latest Z4’s long bonnet) add significant presence to an already muscular looking car.

Along the flanks there a new fenders, with the wheel arches boasting integrated airflow ducts (channelling air to the brakes) and chromed deflectors. Rounding off the styling changes is a new two-piece rear spoiler.

Dynamically, AC Schnitzer adds a new spring set to shore up handling stability when substantial lateral forces are at play.

Neat power hike

Under the imposing Z4 bonnet the Aachen technicians have boosted the phenomenally understressed 3l twin-turbo in-line six’s peak power - which is one of the easiest things to do in the aftermarket tuning industry, considering how much latent power resides in the N54 engine.

Peak output goes from 225kW to 268kW with a simple ECU module swop and free-flow exhaust system.

The bodykit upgrades and light alloy wheels (of AC Schnitzer’s own design, designated type IV) has trimmed kerb weight down from 1 580kg to 1485kg.

Factoring in the additional power, 0-100km/h times under five seconds should be achievable, whilst a top speed of 286km/h should test your autobahn sensibilities.

Those performance figures, especially the sub five-second 0-100km/h sprint time, would qualify this AC Schnitzer as an authentic M-car if it was a stock BMW product.

Interior trinkets from AC Schintzer include the usual fare – a new aluminium pedal set and i-Drive controller cover which has the appearance of one of the type IV mags rolling the Z4’s wheel arches.


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