Clear your conscience of the conservationist's guilt trip with an extravagant new super tuned performance car. This is exactly what AC Schnitzer is offering with the GP3.10 GAS POWERED 3 Series Coupe.
Clear your conscience of the conservationist's guilt trip with an extravagant new super tuned performance car. This is exactly what AC Schnitzer is proposing with the GP3.10 GAS POWERED 3 Series Coupe.
The GP3.10 uses the screaming 5.0L V10 engine from BMW's M5 and M6 models and has been retrofitted to bivalent form which uses two forms of fuel, one of which is from a renewable energy source. In the case of the GP3.10, petrol and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) are used. Bivalent engines using CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LPG are quite common for industrial fleets and various commercial applications but also use other rare fuels such as hydrogen as seen in BMW's Hydrogen 7.
Technically speaking, the GP3.10 has a fully sequential LPG system with two 5-cylinder vaporizers, remapped control unit and modified exhaust after treatment system with sport catalytic converter and exhaust manifold.
Advantages of LPG not only can be seen in 15% less CO2 emissions but LPG is also cheaper than petrol. Additionally, there should be little difficulty fueling since there are 2700 LPG fueling stations across Germany. The main disadvantage of LPG is that you need to put the LPG fuel tank somewhere. Usually placed in the trunk, it takes up some of the storage capacity, but for the tuner type this isn't much of a sacrifice since they usually have huge speaker cabinets there anyway. The LPG fuel tank holds 80 liters in addition to the 60 liter petrol tank. The engine can be switched from LPG to petrol at any time.
The stereo type of green cars evokes an image of quirky little cars which tend to have poor performance and driving dynamics. That's not the case for the GP3.10 as the LPG stream produces an additional 45hp to 552hp and 540 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h (62 mph) comes in 4.5 seconds and 200km/h arrives in 13.9. Top speed is 320km/h.
Visually, the GP3.10 based on the E92 BMW 3 Series Coupe gets an extroverted styling kit which includes a front “power” bumper with mesh grille, rear skirt with integrated diffusor and centrally mounted exhaust tip, rear 60mm wheelarch extensions and fender top wings with chrome rib.
Although the GP3.10 is a one-off creation not for sale, AC Schnitzer is sure components will trickle down to the AC Schnitzer range. AC Schnitzer has put a value of EUR 198,000 on the GP3.10.
The AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED will make its debut at Frankfurt next week. Stay tuned for live photos.