2015 AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 ACZ4 5.0d

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AC Schnitzer has created this one-off concept with an unusual twist: power comes via an N57S 3 liter inline-6 diesel with 3 turbochargers of varying sizes. Stock, the engine produces 381 hp, but that's not quite enough for what AC Schnitzer had in mind. AC Schnitzer is a little coy on details, but their modifications rang up engine output to 430 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque.

Next up is weight reduction. AC Schnitzer did extensive work in this area, replacing metal parts such as the folding roof and boot lid with CFC (carbon fiber composite) equivalents. These and similar body optimizations lead to a full 198 lbs in weight reduction. An additional 41 lbs is saved by the use of a lightweight silencer and exhaust, and another 55 lbs is saved thanks to the new AC Schnitzer Type VIII 19" Lightweight Forged Wheels in bicolor orange. Overall, there is a 288 lb weight reduction, even after factoring in the additional weight of the M50D engine.

Aerodynamic upgrades include a carbon fiber front spoiler, sports fenders, bonnet vents, a rear spoiler, and rear skirt insert.

The body has been lowered 30 mm with the addition of a racing suspension.

---- Specifications ----
Price -- Production --
Engine 3 liter inline-6 Weight 3239 lbs
Aspiration 3 turbochargers Torque 546 lb-ft
HP 430 hp HP/Weight 7.5 lbs per hp
HP/Liter 143.3 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph 4.5 seconds Top Speed over 186 mph

(from AC Schnitzer Press Release) 2015 AC Schnitzer BMW Z4 ACZ4 5.0d

The basis for the latest concept vehicle, which remains a one-off and carries the name AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d, is the BMW Z4 sDrive 23i (E89), but it's been modified from the bottom up.

The core of the conversion is the engine: the M50d power plant, used for example in the BMW 5-series (F10/F11), has been upgraded and implanted into the ACZ4 5.0d. This now develops 316 kW/430 hp and has a maximum torque of 840 Nm (compared with the M50d, with 280 kW/381 hp, 740 Nm).

The rear axle gear and limited slip differential from the BMW M3 (E92) replace the standard rear differential, and the standard manual gearbox has been replaced with an 8-speed automatic with pedal sports shift.

Equipped in this way, the AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in an incredible 4.5 seconds, only reaches its top speed beyond the 300 km/h mark, and at 1:37.22 min - according to the test in "Auto Bild sportscars" - is the fastest diesel on the Sachsenring.

New engine styling and a modified instrument console are also part of the extensive modifications.

The increased engine power alone however would not have pushed the power curve of the ACZ4 5.0d up quite so far. The other part of the equation is the systematically applied lightweight construction - some examples: the electrohydraulic metal folding roof and the boot lid have been replaced by CFC constructions. These optimisations alone account for a 90 kg weight reduction.

The standard silencer has been replaced by a lightweight silencer, so now the exhaust doesn't add 23 kg ballast, but just 4 kg.

A further 25 kg are saved in the wheelset - based on the AC Schnitzer forged alloys Type VIII - which combines rims in 9.5J x 19 inch with tyres size 265/30 R 19.

As a whole, with a few further measures, 131 kg has been "trimmed off" so that despite the significantly heavier M50d power plant, the car weighs in at just 1469 kg.

We call that Efficient Performance by AC Schnitzer.

The suspension dynamics of the ACZ4 5.0d have also been optimized using the power-to-weight formula. The racing suspension, fully adjustable in both compression and rebound stages while also lowering the Z4 bodywork at the same time, is combined with the lightweight high performance braking system on the front axle to ensure excellent and stable deceleration.

The 30 mm lowered body in conjunction with the AC Schnitzer aerodynamic components gives a further perceptible reduction in drag. The aerodynamic conversion, which naturally also significantly defines the looks of the ACZ4 5.0d, consists of a carbon front spoiler, two carbon sports fenders, two bonnet vents, a two-piece rear spoiler and the carbon rear skirt insert which perfectly integrates the rear silencer.

The interior too of the AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d leaves no doubt that this is a very special car: interior trim elements in orange, and carbon racing bucket seats offering strong lateral support, with the embroidered ACZ4 5.0d logo, were all specially made. Aluminium pedals and foot rests, and velours floor mats complete the range.

The AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d is a concept vehicle not for sale, which was produced to customer specifications and at the same time acted as a technology platform for AC Schnitzer product development. In its current form, the vehicle would cost € 113,965.00.

The conversions in the brakes, suspension, body, interior and wheelset are part of the AC Schnitzer retail range for the Z4 model series. All are homologated and available via BMW dealers.