AC Schnitzer Blasts 400HP Into the BMW 1-Series
If you live in the U.S., you can’t buy a new BMW 1-Series coupe anymore. BMW swept its lowliest model out of the U.S. market in 2013, replacing it instead with the 2-Series and now the hot-hot BMW M2 coupe. Normally that would be fine, but German tuner AC Schnitzer has provided significant reason to miss the old runabout…an injection of 400 horsepower. That’s right, what was once the choice of BMW bargain shoppers is now a car capable of zero to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds and 50 to 112 mph in 7.9 ticks. Meet the AC Schnitzer ACS1 5.0d. RELATED: Take a Look at the Sleek AC Schnitzer BMW i8
If you’re adept in BMW nomenclature, you’ll know that “d” stands for diesel…and quite the hot motor. The ACS1 5.0d swallows the triple-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six from the bonkers BMW M50d, which now comes housed in a much smaller package. In addition to that eye-opening 400 horsepower figure, the ACS1 5.0d also punches out 590 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s just ten pound-feet less than the new Dodge Viper ACR.
Fancy a hot 1-Series with a little bit less twist? AC Schnitzer can apparently help you there as well. The firm also offers new tuning setups for the lower-spec variants of the 1-Series range, all the way from the teensy BMW 114i (now upgraded to 154 hp from 102 hp) to the heady M135i, which nets 380 hp in top tune.
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All are said to be equipped with either an adjustable “racing” or “sport” suspension, which drops ride height by around 1.8 inches or 1.2 inches, respectively. Additionally, a two-piece AC Schnitzer front splitter, chrome grille, and rear roof wing can be outfitted, along with a bevy of sleek alloy wheels.
Currently AC Schnitzer lists the ACS1 5.0d as an engine concept, not currently for sale. But with all the engineering work already completed…surely a few orders may cause the tuner to reconsider.
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