AC Schnitzer ACS3 BMW 3-Series Convertible

The success story of the current 3-series proceeds into the final chapters of the E46 model with the face lift variants of the 3-series Coupe and Convertible. The subtle but striking retouches further emphasize the sporting appearance and take the success story of the "3-series" into the next phase.

Accordingly, the AC Schnitzer designers have focused on the creation of a unique aerodynamic conversion which picks up the new styling cues and further emphasizes the sporting lines. Both the Coupe and the Convertible are fitted with their own front spoiler and rear skirt.

All other aerodynamic components from the existing range - e.g. the side skirts, sports mirrors, rear roof spoiler, rear spoiler and wing - can also be fitted to the face lift model. The aerodynamic kit is completed with the motorsport-derived racing rear wing. For vehicles with factory-fitted M-Technik bodystyling, already an AC Schnitzer front flipper and a corresponding insert for the rear skirt are available.

As well as the aerodynamic components, naturally all other AC Schnitzer special developments for the E46 range have also been adapted for the face lift models. E.g. the Short Shift shorter gear shift travel and the high performance brake system for the front axle.

For the first time, BMW is offering a powerful 3.0l diesel engine in a 3-series Coupe. For this reason, it was natural for us to refine further our AC Schnitzer diesel performance upgrade. The result is a powerful 180 kW / 245 HP - with maximum torque of 460 Nm at 2870 rpm and a top speed of 248 km/h. For the sprint from 0 - 100 km/h, the diesel Coupe takes just 6.7 seconds.

For all 330i we also offer the AC Schnitzer supercharger performance upgrade, which achieves 217 kW / 295 HP - a maximum torque of 380 Nm at 4800 rpm and a top speed of 265 km/h. In this guise, for 0 - 100 km/h it takes just 5.6 seconds for the speedo needle to reach its goal. Naturally the fully stainless steel rear silencer with chrome-plated tailpipe trim has been developed for the face lift models.

AC Schnitzer sports and racing suspensions, strut braces, anti roll bars and spring kits for pure lowering, in conjunction with corresponding wheel and tire combinations ensure safe and sporting handling with no loss of suitability for everyday use.

The suspension concept also includes the latest AC Schnitzer development in wheels: the light alloy wheel Type IV. The filigree rims in the new 5-spoke design are an excellent match for the elegant styling of the 3-series.

Naturally their technical standards live up to their appearance: the new Type IV alloys were developed using highest quality materials and ultra-modern production techniques. It is immediately available for all E46 in the dimension 8,5J x 19" offset 36 (front) and offset 36/43 (rear) with tires 235/35 R 19 (front / rear).

The AC Schnitzer wheels program of course also contains the successful predecessors Type II and Type III light alloy and racing wheels, which are available in many different sizes up to the dimension 8,5J x 19" offset 36 with tires 235/35 R 19 for the front and 9,0J x 19" offset 40/44 with tires 265/30 R 19 on the rear.

Source: AC Schnitzer press

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