(from AC Schnitzer
Press Release) With the launch of the new 1-series, BMW
has entered the strongly contested "compact class" vehicle category
for the first time, and presents a vehicle that has jumped to the
top of its class even before sales begin.
This posed an even greater challenge to the AC Schnitzer engineers:
to develop a special accessories range which takes the "pleasure
principle" to an even higher level.
For the 1.8d and the 2.0d versions of the BMW 1-series, AC Schnitzer
diesel performance upgrades are already in development, taking the
power - depending on engine model - up by around 25 - 30 HP. Despite
the stronger power plant, the high running comfort, moderate fuel
consumption and excellent stability of course remain unchanged.
With or without the performance upgrade, we recommend our newly
developed AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer of V2A special steel
with chromed Racing tailpipe trim which ensures improved gas flow.
Faster and more precise gear changes increase the adrenaline surge
and improve vehicle acceleration. So we have adapted the AC
Schnitzer Short Shift for the BMW 1-series with manual transmission.
There are already a wealth of AC Schnitzer alloys and racing rims
available for the BMW
1 series in Type II, Type III and Type IV designs.
As well as various combinations in 17" and 18", the 1-series - known
internally as E87 - can be fitted with 19" alloy or racing rims
which take tyres of size 235/35 R 19 all round. This modification
alone perceptibly improves the driving dynamics. AC Schnitzer
recommends high performance tyres from Continental and Michelin.
In addition, the most stylish wheel design is the avant-garde AC
Schnitzer Type IV 5-spoke wheel with its star-shaped wheel centre
running out pentagonally and single dish per spoke, which is an
excellent match for the modern design of the 1-series. Chrome
elements can be inserted optionally in the dishes, setting extra
The driving behaviour of the 1 series becomes even safer and more
dynamic with the
AC Schnitzer sports suspension, which is currently undergoing tests
on public roads and on the North Loop of the Nürburgring.
As well as lowering by 30 mm - already available - the suspension
concept is completed by a Racing Aluminium strut brace for the front
axle and a special antiroll bar kit.
The high technical standards we apply to our products are also
evident in the bodywork of the AC Schnitzer ACS1. It was a
particular challenge to pick up the new styling language of the BMW
1 series, continue and subtly enhance the lines without appearing
The result is a tailor-made kit for the E87 which fulfils all these
attributes. The front part is enhanced by an exciting new front
spoiler design in a brand-new look which is attached to the standard
front skirt and ensures better downforce.
The harmonious link between the front and rear is created by the AC
Schnitzer side skirts and rear roof spoiler which set totally new
accents. The design is completed by the new AC Schnitzer rear skirt
spoiler which not only harmoniously integrates the sports silencer
into the rear but also gives the vehicle a more powerful appearance.
A Chromeline set is available as an option which sets highlights on
the front spoiler and side skirts.
Exclusivity also predominates in the cockpit: as well as the carbon
interior trim in silver or anthracite, and the ergonomically shaped
sports airbag steering wheels, the final touch is given by the
aluminium accessories e.g. for the controller of the BMW-specific "i-Drive"
system, the pedal set and footrests, different gear knobs or
handbrake handles. Last but not least, velours footmats are
available with the AC Schnitzer Logo.