Published on August 31st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
AC Schnitzer Tuned BMW 2-Series Presented
Earlier this year, the Bavarian company elevated its 1-series coupé to the new 2-series. For the tuning experts at AC Schnitzer, the work was just beginning: they have now developed an extensive tuning range for the BMW 2-series coupé which should satisfy even the most sophisticated drivers “beyond the standard”. The Aachen-based tuners know that for many BMW customers, there’s no such thing as too sporty. So no less than five performance upgrades are offered for the 2-series coupé. The export version of the BMW 220i takes off with an engine power of 245hp instead of 184hp.
The power development of the BMW M 235i is even higher; the AC Schnitzer performance upgrade adds a further 54 hp to the standard 326hp, giving a total of 380hp. And if that weren’t enough, an AC Schnitzer high performance intercooler is also available for the M235i. Because of its size (520x210x130 mm) and stepped construction, it offers an 80% larger air contact surface and 62% more charge air volume than the standard intercooler, and hence ensures optimum cooling. The perceptible results are a sustained and homogenous power development from the engine.
Nor have AC Schnitzer overlooked the diesel versions: with 171hp (BMW 218d), 218hp (BMW 220d) and 258hp (BMW 225d), in all cases the performance upgrades provide substantially more than the BMW standard. In all models, the AC Schnitzer engine styling shows that these vehicles stand out from the crowd.
When you reach the top, you want to be heard. The AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with 2 chromed “Racing Evo” tailpipes or the “Sport” tailpipes (both in right/left combination) ensure that the imposing appearance doesn’t go unnoticed. For purely visual enhancement, the tuning experts also offer the chromed “Racing Evo” tailpipe trim and the chromed “Sport” tailpipe trim, with a 90 millimetre diameter, individually.
Only in one field are the sights “lowered” in Aachen: the suspension spring kit, sports suspension and racing suspension (adjustable in compression and rebound stages) leave the lift in the AC Schnitzer versions around 30 – 40 mm lower. In this case however, less is more: for cornering comfort and road-holding, the 2-series coupé by AC Schnitzer certainly comes out on top. This is due not least to the aerodynamic conversion kits which also set visual accents. The carbon front spoiler (for M-Technik vehicles), carbon mirror cover, carbon rear diffuser (for M 235i), a rear roof spoiler and the AC Schnitzer rear skirt film clearly distinguish the vehicle from standard.
Developed on the principle of “Form follows Function”, the AC Schnitzer carbon aerodynamic components primarily improve driving behaviour and ensure better ground adhesion thanks to improved downforce. The wide range of AC Schnitzer wheelsets available for the 2-series coupé also goes beyond the standard. Type VIII BiColor forged alloys, Type VIII BiColor rims in black or silver or anthracite, and Type IV silver or BiColor black rims: all give that unmistakeable sporting look when fitted with corresponding tyres (18″, 19″ or 20″).
The tuning package is completed with various interior elements which continue the High Performance standards into the inside. For a superior look, choose from the AC Schnitzer gear knob with digital gear display, an illuminated leather gear knob and the Aluminium “Black Line” gear knob. The AC Schnitzer “Black Line” aluminium handbrake handle, aluminium pedal set and foot rest, AC Schnitzer keyholder and velours foot mats reinforce the feeling that driving pleasure simply can’t get better than after the “AC Schnitzer treatment”.