AC Schnitzer Gives the BMW M235i a 570-HP Heart Transplant
Fast is good, but faster is better, and it’s safe to say German tuning company AC Schnitzer’s latest creation has enough speed for even the most seasoned drivers. The renowned BMW tuner decided the standard 320-horsepower BMW M235i just wasn’t fast enough, so it gutted the car, extracted its engine, and replaced it with the heart of the BMW M4. Thanks to a bit more tweaking and tuning, the heart-transplated M235i (now called ACL2) now generates a colossal 570-horsepower. And it looks the part too. AC Schnitzer will debut its menacing ACL2 at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, however there is one rub. It’s a concept car that won’t go into production. That said, many of its components are standard AC Schnitzer bits. RELATED: See More Photos of the AC Schnitzer ACL2 BMW M235i
The ACL2’s new twin-turbo straight six benefits from a substantial engine management upgrade, allowing for much of that 570 hp and 545 lb.-ft. punch, though it’s helped along thanks to a free-breathing racing exhaust and new downpipe configuration. It likely can handle all that power better now, too.
The M4 engine upgrade was followed with the installation of BMW M4 axle shafts, special M4 carbon fiber strut braces, the brand’s height-adjustable “Clubsport” suspension, six-piston carbon ceramic brakes (four-piston in rear), and a new Drexler limited slip rear differential.
Like every well-rounded concept car, its looks go a long way. AC Schnitzer dressed the 2-series body with scads of carbon fiber—the hood, the front splitter, rear spoiler, side winglets, rear diffuser—finished off with a flourish of big wheel arch extensions, which add a full 5.5 inches to the car. It’s all tied together with a sleek racing green paint scheme and a set of AC1 forged alloy wheels.
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Inside, the dark green theme continues, mixing the hue with Nappa leather and black suede, draped across dashboard, the racing bucket seats, and “Evo” three-spoke steering wheel. The gauge cluster has been reconfigured slightly as well, now reflecting the car’s new top speed—205 mph. AC Schnitzer claims it take just 3.9 seconds to launch to 60 mph and seven seconds later you’ll be screaming past 125 mph.
Like it? The AC Schnitzer ACL2 debuts on Tuesday March 1st at the Geneva Motor Show.
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