The AC Schnitzer tuned BMW 8-Series looks drop-dead gorgeous and on top of it there are a few performance upgrades available as well
Famed BMW tuner AC Schnitzer is offering aesthetic and performance upgrades to the 8-Series and 3-Series. It was only recently that BMW introduced the flagship 8-Series luxury coupe to the world. The top-of-the-line car sits above 7-Series and promises the best of both worlds – luxury and sportiness. However, AC Schnitzer thought of adding an additional oomph to the coupe by introducing a variety of performance tweaks and enhance body aesthetics.
Not only the 8-Series but AC Schnitzer has also introduced a new range of parts for the entry-level 3-Series sedan. Talking about the 8-Series first, the tuner is offering a complete carbon fibre body kit that includes a new front splitter with optional canards, a larger rear diffuser, and two different rear wings – a smaller version and larger Racing variant.
There are also two designs of five-spoke 20-inch wheels that go well with the exterior. As compared to the exterior, the tweaks are more subtle on the inside. There are a few aluminium pieces for the pedals, footrest, and key holder and that’s about it.
In terms of the mechanical changes, the 8-Series gets revised suspension, tailpipes with a Sport mode pipe on the left and Comfort mode on the right. The sound is also significantly rowdier and soothing than stock.
There are also engine tuning options on grabs. The M850i makes 612 horsepower (456 kilowatts) instead of the stock 523 hp (390 kW), a good 89 hp bump. The 840d, on the other hand, produces 374 hp (279 kW) after the upgrades, rather than 315 hp (235 kW) from the factory unit, at an increase of 59 hp.
For the 3-series, the company is offering more aesthetics change options than the performance ones. The 320i and 330i get a four-pipe exhaust system. The body kit includes a new front splitter, side skirts, and rear bumper. AC Schnitzer will offer a rear wing and roof spoiler soon. Five-spoke alloy wheels are available in 19- or 20-inch configuration.