liter V10 LPG
110.4 hp per liter
(from AC Schnitzer
Press Release) Driving pleasure has been written large at
AC Schnitzer for 20 years. And happily, nothing will change for the
62nd IAA. But this goal can be reached in a totally alternative way,
as the launch of the superb AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED shows.
This high-performance coupé has LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) drive,
where power and efficiency, economy and ecology, meet in an exciting
As if the extravagant exterior of the project vehicle, based on the
current 3-series coupé, were not enough, under the bonnet growls the
V10 engine of the current M5/M6 which AC Schnitzer is presenting at
the show for the first time in bivalent design: The vehicle has a
fully sequential LPG system with two parallel 5-cylinder vaporizers.
There's no loss of power or dynamics. The engine, tuned with a
remapped control unit and modified exhaust tract with sports
catalyst and exhaust manifold, develops 552 HP/406 kW and produces
up to 540 Nm at the crankshaft. In itself, that's 45 horses more
than the M5/M6.
But why power this with LPG? Liquified Petroleum Gas is a sensible
alternative to normal petrol fuel, both economically and
ecologically, and after corresponding conversion can be burned in
almost any petrol engine. Per litre, LPG is not only cheaper than
petrol but produces around 15 percent less CO2 from the exhaust.
With over 2700 filling stations in Germany alone, fuel supplies are
guaranteed everywhere, and the 80 litre gas tank fits on board with
the original 60 litre petrol tank. So you can switch between fuels
at any time. In any case, acceleration is more than just acceptable.
The sprint to 100 km/h takes 4.5 seconds, and the 200 mark is passed
after just 13.9 seconds. Only at 320 km/h does the pressure on your
back begin to ease. Nimble enough to show the rear lights to many
powerful sports cars.
And to match the power
of the acceleration, there's the brakes on the AC Schnitzer GP3.10
GAS POWERED: At the front, 8-pot fixed calliper brakes with
perforated and vented discs size 374 x 36 mm, at the rear a 4-pot
brake system with 350 x 24 mm discs.
The Suspension Technology
Traction alone isn't
everything, and the dynamics are supported by a height adjustable
racing suspension with its heritage, set up in the Green Hell of the
Nürburgring. In addition the special sway bar set is responsible for
even more driving stability.
The striking body design
will soon bring passers-by to a stop. In conjunction with the
mineral green special paintwork, the AC Schnitzer aerodynamic kit is
a real eyecatcher.
The air intakes on the front wings, with their characteristic chrome
ribs, and the rear 60 mm wheelarch extensions, are particularly
The rear styling with its special contours and the rear skirt with
integral diffuser, the rear roof wing with carbon centre part, are
as aesthetically pleasing as the powerful front skirt with its
coarse-mesh sports grille.
The latter makes an effective contribution to the breathing of the
oxygen-hungry five-litre engine.
AC Schnitzer has created
a feast for all the senses with the GP3.10 GAS POWERED, which does
not stop in the interior:
The interior of the AC Schnitzer PROFILE is a combination of
developments from the AC Schnitzer range which are available for
many BMW models, and special one-off products. In detail:
- 3-spoke sports
airbag steering wheel "Evo" Nappa leather
- interior of bicolor leather, Nappa-Nubuk combination
- interior panels painted in mineral green
- instrument display with speedometer up to 330 km/h
- racing seats
- aluminium pedal set and foot rest
- aluminium handbrake handle and aluminium cover for i-Drive-System,
- floor mats with GP 3.10 logo
For both acceleration
and deceleration, it is the wheels which are permanently under full
load in all manoeuvres.
Equally breathtaking for the spectator is the first sight of the
racing rims Type VI. The latest creation from the Aachen wheel
manufacturer combines the classic Y-spoke appearance with five
striking hollow spokes and bicolor finish. Naturally these
decorative elements are not just available for the AC Schnitzer
GP3.10 GAS POWERED.
The AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED is equipped with a wheel/tyre
front: 9,0J x 20"
with tyres 245/30 ZR 20
rear: 11,5J x 20"
with tyres 315/25 ZR 20
AC Schnitzer recommends
high performance tyres from Continental and Michelin.