AC Schnitzer transforms BMW 6 Series and 1 Series M Coupé

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FRANKFURT, Germany – AC Schnitzer is a German aftermarket developer that chose two of BMW's newest models to showcase their tuning skills. Making their debut at the Frankfurt show are AC Schnitzer's potently transformed BMW 6 Series Cabiolet and 1 Series M Coupé.

Visually, AC Schnitzer's transformation of the 6 Series Cab includes a chromed front grille, front spoiler, twin chrome tailpipes, chrome trim and 21" bi-colour forged alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin receives a matte grey colour scheme, a custom AC Schnitzer aluminum iDrive controller cover and aluminum pedals.

But the big news is the performance upgrade; the V8 engine has been massaged to produce a whopping 540 hp, up from the stock 407. The AC Schnitzer 6 Series will do a 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.4 seconds, compared to the stock BMW's 4.9. Handling and stopping prowess have been improved with an AC Schnitzer suspension kit and six-piston caliper brakes.

Also making its debut, the AC Schnitzer 1Series M Coupé has been similarly transformed. Power output has been increased from 340 to 400, with a torque increase from 369 to 413 lb-ft. Sprint times are now 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, an improvement over the standard 4.9. The racing exhaust system has been specially tuned not only to improve performance, but to deliver great sound.

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Aggressive visual cues include twin tailpipes, front lip, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Inside, a variety of custom accessories include leather shift knob, custom mats, aluminum pedals and a special AC Schnitzer "Black Line" cover for the iDrive Controller.

A fully height-adjustable suspension allows owners to lower the car 0.4 to 0.8 inches. Behind the 20” custom AC Schnitzer rims peek slotted rotors with 8-piston calipers up front, and six-piston pinchers behind.