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      01-21-2020, 04:02 PM   #1
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AC Schnitzer tuning kit and aero parts for X3M

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AC Schnitzer is about to launch a tuning kit for X3 M (600 hp performance, springs, wheels, spoiler, carbon parts, etc.). I am not sure about the availability in the US, but they do have a representative in Miami.

https://www.evo.co.uk/bmw/x3/202132/...x3-m-to-591bhp

AC Schnitzer takes BMW X3 M to 591bhp

German tuning house offers visual tweaks and extra power for BMWís performance SUV


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As you can imagine given our recent review, the best method for improving BMWís X3 M would be to melt everything down and turn it into a different car entirely, but for those more inclined to modify, AC Schnitzerís new line of components might be of interest.

Central to the changes is a performance upgrade for the 3-litre straight-six, though AC Schnitzer also offers components for the suspension, styling and interior, as well as a couple of new wheel and tyre packages.

As standard, the X3 Mís six-pot Ė it will also arrive in the next-gen BMW M3 and M4 Ė makes 503bhp at 6250rpm. The relative ease of extracting performance from turbocharged engines means Schnitzer has been able to take this up to 591bhp, which should in theory drop the standard 4.1sec 0-62mph time under four seconds.

Putting this power to the ground is a set of either AC1 or AC2-design alloy wheels, the former being 20 inches in diameter and the latter a full 22 inches. The smaller option comes wrapped in 255/45 and 265/45 tyres front and rear, with the 22s and their nine-inch width coming with 265/35s up front and 275/35s on the back axle.

Further altering the carís stance is AC Schnitzerís spring kit, trimming 20-25mm from the ride height at both ends of the car. Hopefully this wonít exacerbate the X3 Mís startlingly poor ride quality, nor put some of Schnitzerís new aero components at risk. Available exterior parts include a front splitter, a small rear wing installed within the existing spoiler, and protective film for the rear skirt.

Interior changes are modest, focusing on Schnitzerís usual aluminium components: a set of pedals, a footrest cover, a keyholder and an iDrive controller cover, plus perhaps the most welcome change, a set of new gearshift paddles to replace BMWís usual plastic items.

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      01-21-2020, 05:14 PM   #2
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Prepare to have a very deep wallet.

The power bump will be courtesy of a piggy back tune that costs 10x the market average.
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Like the look of this. Apart from the spoiler, that is hideous.
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AC Schnitzer is about to launch a tuning kit for X3 M (600 hp performance, springs, wheels, spoiler, carbon parts, etc.).
Thanks for sharing. Glad to see they chose their model sans moon roof. Hope they share weight of their wheels vs OEM. Would be helpful if they could provide wind tunnel info for their diffuser, splitter and spoiler designs vs OEM, but maybe this is all about aesthetic?
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I drove this last week. The tune doesn’t kick in until the oil has warmed up. Once it does, the power really kicks in throughout the whole power band. I didn’t take it from a stop most of the time, but I think it even reduced some lag that people might complain of. As far as the suspension, I was expecting it to feel rougher, but even in sport mode, it felt more comfortable than comfort mode on the factory springs, except it was much more responsive. I did not get to see the front splitter in person (it was sent out to be manufactured, I think), but I do like the rear spoiler thing. I only wish they had a 21” wheel option.
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I drove this last week. The tune doesnít kick in until the oil has warmed up. Once it does, the power really kicks in throughout the whole power band. I didnít take it from a stop most of the time, but I think it even reduced some lag that people might complain of. As far as the suspension, I was expecting it to feel rougher, but even in sport mode, it felt more comfortable than comfort mode on the factory springs, except it was much more responsive. I did not get to see the front splitter in person (it was sent out to be manufactured, I think), but I do like the rear spoiler thing. I only wish they had a 21Ē wheel option.
Thanks for sharing. Sounds quite promising! I also don't understand why they don't have a 21" option, but there are many other wheel options out there.
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Thanks for sharing. Glad to see they chose their model sans moon roof. Hope they share weight of their wheels vs OEM. Would be helpful if they could provide wind tunnel info for their diffuser, splitter and spoiler designs vs OEM, but maybe this is all about aesthetic?
I found this German article mentioning that the splitter and the rear spoiler are supposed to improve the downforce. Whether this is indeed the case, we donít know...

https://de.motor1.com/news/393997/bm...-ac-schnitzer/
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I am an AC Schnitzer reseller.

Since they assigned the new distributor in FL, the price has been doubled or tripled.

As for their tunes, it is usually a simple piggyback like RaceChip with crazy price point.
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I am an AC Schnitzer reseller.

Since they assigned the new distributor in FL, the price has been doubled or tripled.

As for their tunes, it is usually a simple piggyback like RaceChip with crazy price point.
yes, their prices are hilarious. i just checked their performance upgrade for X5M... over 20k.

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I am an AC Schnitzer reseller.

Since they assigned the new distributor in FL, the price has been doubled or tripled.

As for their tunes, it is usually a simple piggyback like RaceChip with crazy price point.
yes, their prices are hilarious. i just checked their performance upgrade for X5M...
Yea, I would've just buy a 987 Cayman S with that money, lol.
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I am an AC Schnitzer reseller.

Since they assigned the new distributor in FL, the price has been doubled or tripled.

As for their tunes, it is usually a simple piggyback like RaceChip with crazy price point.
yes, their prices are hilarious. i just checked their performance upgrade for X5M...
You have to pay for status. ACS has a good name
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The only item that would possibly interest me would be the lowering springs depending on the price point.
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It's been a hit or miss for all ACS products.

MISS!!!
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I am an AC Schnitzer reseller.

Since they assigned the new distributor in FL, the price has been doubled or tripled.

As for their tunes, it is usually a simple piggyback like RaceChip with crazy price point.
exactly!. they are ridiculously proud of their stuff.!! PASS
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Will anyone actually buy this??
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Will anyone actually buy this??
You can always buy some of the parts. Don't need to buy the whole package. They also offer some interior stuff, aluminum pedals etc.
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Will anyone actually buy this??
I had ACS springs and exhaust on my M5, they make a good product.
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You can always buy some of the parts. Don't need to buy the whole package. They also offer some interior stuff, aluminum pedals etc.
Ah. I thought it was all or nothing.
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It's been a hit or miss for all ACS products.

MISS!!!
While I tend to hate the look of ACS stuff otherwise, I think this looks decent. However, this serves as further proof of that ACS is incapable of producing nice-looking rims.
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While I tend to hate the look of ACS stuff otherwise, I think this looks decent. However, this serves as further proof of that ACS is incapable of producing nice-looking rims.
I donít mind the look of the wheels, I could get onboard but thatís beside the point, I find it odd the wheels have less width then even stock in front. Scratching my head there. No additional width in back. Sure could argue itís not necessary but neither are carbon fiber splinters on an SAV, itís for looks.
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