2005 AC Schnitzer ACS3 based on BMW 3 Series E90 review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 27 May 2006 , 08:05:40 byEmil

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AC Schnitzer ACS3 based on BMW 3 Series E90

BMW has introduced the new E90 that offers comfort, high-quality engineering and also sports performance. In conclusion, the 3-series offers AC Schnitzer the opportunity to create the ACS3, with not a lot of efforts. What they are trying to do is to improve the 2.0d. In the end it should take the power of the M47D20 TU standard engine and deliver 200 horsepower. Also, the engineers are working on the suspensions, and for a start, they managed to create a spring kit that lowers the vehicle by 25-30 mm, but this is not all. For the exterior the 3-series is enhanced by the striking contours of the aerodynamic conversion. The customer can choose between the sports style variant and the Chromeline Design, created for the side skirts. On the inside features the trim in "Exclusive" silver is available with matching sports airbag steering wheel, so AC Schnitzer offers a range of aluminum accessories.

With the new E90, BMW has introduced the next epoch in the successful 3-series. True to the motto "The driving force", the 3-series sets the standards for driving pleasure in a new dimension. To quote the worldwide motoring press in countless road tests in the run-up to the official launch, a simple formula defines the 3-series: Comfort + High Quality Engineering + Sports Performance = E90. So the 3-series offers a superb basis for creating an AC Schnitzer ACS3 from an already excellent BMW.

It is precisely this challenge which currently faces AC Schnitzer engineers and designers. They are working at full speed to develop a range which, when completed, should leave nothing to be desired. The first challenge is to develop a performance upgrade for the 2.0d. This will comprise a special Control Unit Program and take the power of the M47D20 TU standard engine to about 200 bhp / 147 kW. For all engine variants - with or without performance upgrade - AC Schnitzer is developing a sports rear silencer made from stainless steel which will improve the exhaust gas flow. The "chromed" finish comes from the Racing tailpipe, which will not only be part of the silencer but is also available already for purely visual enhancement as a chromed tailpipe trim.

To further improve the driving dynamics in the 3-series, engineers are currently working on a wealth of sports suspension components. The first step, already successfully completed, was the implementation of a spring kit which lowers the vehicle by around 25 - 30 mm. In the next stage, the specifications for the suspension engineers include a complete sports suspension and anti-roll bar kit with racing strut brace for the front. The complete modification will perceptibly improve the driving behavior of the new 3-series for more sports performance with no significant loss of comfort, and also substantially increase safety reserves on sudden load changes.

Type II and Type III alloys and racing rims are already available. Wheel/tire combinations are possible in various sizes from 17" to maximum 19", with 225/35 R19 on the front and 255/30 R19 on the rear or optionally 235/35 R19 all round.

The avant-garde Type IV alloy with its optional chrome elements constitutes a true highlight in the wheels sector and is already available. In 18" or 19", it safely connects the 3-series to the asphalt at all times and transfers the power to the road in the optimum manner. In addition, the latest AC Schnitzer Type IV wheels with their ultramodern look appear custom-made for the latest 3-series. The maximum tire size is the same as for Type II and Type III wheels.

The appearance of the new 3-series is enhanced by the striking contours of the aerodynamic conversion. Depending on personal taste, the customer has a choice between the sports style variant and the Chromeline Design (for the side skirts). Both versions are striking with their modern design, which emphasizes externally the high performance internal engineering. In the sports variant, the side skirts are painted completely in body colour. In the Chromeline variant, additional chromed elements are used.

The BMW E90 is given a quite unique expression thanks to the front spoiler in the new design. This makes the 3-series look even lower and at the same time improves downforce on the front axle.

Aerodynamic balance is provided by the rear roof spoiler, the one-piece rear spoiler and the rear skirt with its striking underfloor wing profile. The AC Schnitzer aerodynamic range is completed by the sports mirrors.

For the interior, a carbon interior trim in "Exclusive" silver is available with matching sports airbag steering wheels. AC Schnitzer offers a range of aluminium accessories such as e.g. gearknobs, handbrake handle, pedals, footrests and a cover for the BMW "i-Drive System". Velour footmats complete the range.