June 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Being the fastest of the bunch is seldom a bad thing, extra speed usually equals extra kudos. This fact hasn’t been wasted on the BMW Group which recently set about building the world’s fastest Mini.
Called the Eagle concept car, this mean Mini was pieced together by specialist BMW tuner AC Schnitzer. To prove its ability and take its place as the Asafa Powell of Minis, the concept was taken to the Hockenheim circuit where it turned in a cracking lap time of 1:13.34. To put things into perspective a standard issue Ferrari California achieves a time of 1:13.5 and a Porsche 911 Turbo 1:14.6 – so the Mini was very rapid indeed.
The Eagle is based on the standard John Coooper Works platform and uses a modded version of its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. Power output is fairly modest at 194kW but the vehicle’s weight has been further reduced by 80kg. Other tweaks include height adjustable racing suspension and sharp 18-inch alloys with sport tyres. Continue reading “AC Schnitzer builds Eagle concept – world’s fastest Mini (+video)” »
May 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
BMW tuning house AC Schnitzer has found a new target for its modifications with the M version of the X6 sport crossover. The firm is still at work on a performance upgrade for the X6M’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine that already pumps out 555 hP in standard form, but now buyers can choose from a variety of options that rework the crossover’s styling.
The aero bodywork package is comprehensive and includes a front spoiler, roof spoiler, bonnet air-vents, rear wing, rear diffuser and chromed front grille. There’s also a fancy new carbon piece of trim for the bonnet with a Plexiglas window that allows the engine to be visible.
AC Schnitzer offers a wider body wheel arch extension kit that adds 40 mm on each side and there are numerous alloy wheel designs available in sizes 20-, 22- and 23-inches. There is also a replacement sport exhaust system with chrome tipped tail-pipes.
Interior options include a restyled instrument cluster with white dials and red lighting, carbon-fibre trim, aluminium footrest and pedal set, and an AC Schnitzer steering wheel.
Check out images of the reworked X6M in the gallery below.
February 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The tuning team at AC Schnitzer have done a number on the new diesel BMW X1 coming up with the AC Schnitzer X1 E84. There is some changes, some options and of course some new badging. But the bottom line of the tuned crossover is that the 1.8d model goes from 143 horsepower to 171, and the 2.0d goes from 177 hp to 210.
A bespoke comprehensive aerodynamics package has been created for the X1's exterior and there's plenty of carbon-fibre treats inside, including a Schnitzer logo'd cover for the iDrive controller. And ride has been adjusted with a new suspension kit.
The AC Schnitzer X1 E84 will be officially revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
World speed record at 318.1kph
December 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
World speed record at 318.1kph
June 5th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
All the way from the base model to the JCW there are so many trim levels available for the Mini and its various body-styles. But if it’s just not enough and you’re looking for something a little different, BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has released a full tuning package for the latest R57 Mini Cabrio.
The upgrades kick off under the bonnet, where Schnitzer takes the Cooper S and pumps it up from 175 horsepower to 226 horses. AC isn’t the type of tuners just to fiddle under the bonnet and are also offering a limited slip differential, an adjustable suspension setup and a sport exhaust. Naturally, the buyer can trim out their Cooper with all types of visual enhancement, from the aero package to the various rolling stock options and all the decals and interior trim touches.
October 31st, 2008 by Darren Cottingham
It was only a matter of time before AC Schnitzer turned its hand to the X6, and the result has just been released as the BMW X6 Falcon.
Using the X5 Falcon as styling inspiration, the X6 variant gets the same stretched out body work, allowing it a 70mm wider track in the front and an additional 80mm in the rear. According to AC, extensive testing was done on the Nurburgring to refine the Falcon’s high-speed capability, helped by a new front lip, air intakes, repositioned fog lamps, side skirts and rear wing. Black or silver 22-inch Type VII wheels fill the arches.
As for power, the only models to benefit from engine tweaks are the X6 3.0d and 3.5d, boosting power to 272 hp (from 235 hp) and 310 hp (from 286 hp), respectively. AC will also be selling custom chrome tailpipes, aluminum interior trim, pedals and floor mats emblazoned with its logo.