Described as taking the cult car to new levels of finesse, the AC Schnitzer MINI gleams with a number of special sports developments from performance upgrades and an athletic body kit to sports suspension enhancements and exclusive interior detailing.

Premiering alongside a host of new and exciting models from AC Schnitzer at next month's specialist Essen Motor Show will be the German tuning firm's re-working of the new MINI Cooper S. Described as taking the cult car to new levels of finesse, the AC Schnitzer MINI gleams with a number of special sports developments from performance upgrades and an athletic body kit to sports suspension enhancements and exclusive interior detailing. This is a MINI truly worthy of its stripes.

Focusing on developing a suitable performance upgrade for the new car, AC Schnitzer have taken the new 175 hp unit from the new MINI Cooper S and upped power to 220 hp. 'Running rings around the present car's suspension' is that of the new AC Schnitzer suspension, both developed and tested on the Nurburgring by touring car legend Manfred Wollgarten.

From the track to the city, the new MINI by AC Schnitzer is a car insisted to ooze athleticism from the reflections in high-flying city buildings. This striking 'athletic face' is made so by a new front bumper design, incorporating body-coloured components and the strong, pointed corners of a new front spoiler. A choice of high-quality classic AC Schnitzer 17" or bi-colour 18" alloys is available, fitted with high-performance Michelin or Continental tyres.

At the rear, style takes just as much precedence with a new body-coloured rear skirt and diffuser - helping the AC Cooper S stay firmly on the tarmac. A twin sports silencer and chromed racing tailpipe is both stylish and produces a loud and clear soundtrack.

From a stylish, performance-led exterior, the interior offers a wealth of equally-stylish, matching accessories. Splashes of aluminium adorn the cabin, with an aluminium handbrake handle, gear shift knob, foot rest and pedal set, as well as AC Schnitzer-branded velour mats. And for the ultimate AC Schnitzer MINI enthusiasts, a host of stationary, posters and various other paraphernalia is available.

Stay tuned for more news on AC Schnitzer and their new MINI prior to and during December's Essen Motor Show - showcasing the very best tuned cars, classics, motorsport and car accessories for over 40 years.

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New MINI Cooper S by AC Schnitzer