2011 Essen Motor Show: AC Schnitzer Bmw ACS1 20d F20

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 27, 2011

AC Schnitzer has prepared an aftermarket package for the new BMW 1-Series F20 that will be shown at the upcoming Essen Motor Show. Its diesel engines are getting ECU remaps and new exhausts systems that push the 118d to go from 143 hp to 171 hp. The 120 d is also enhanced to deliver from 184 hp to 210 hp.

Its tech modifications include a lowered sport suspension and some 18- or 19-inch rims. The 1er’s exterior was given a front spoiler lip, a roof spoiler, and even optional side graphics. Its cabin has been equipped with a new steering wheel, new floor mats, aluminum pedals, a new gearshift knob, and an aluminum i-Drive cover.

The first-generation BMW 1-Series has already established a reputation as a premium compact that delivers driving pleasure. Building on this, the second-generation BMW 1-Series hopes to deliver more by offering innovative engine and suspension technology with significant improvements in the areas of fuel efficiency. Likewise, the second-generation BMW 1-Series offers more space and an array of new features and equipment.

Thus, this rear-wheel-driven BMW premium compact is able to provide not only the design and premium image but also handling and technology that premium customers would surely love. As designed and developed, the new BMW 1-Series now offers a better blend of sportiness, comfort and functionality than its predecessor.

This can be well felt with the size of the car: it is longer, wider and more spacious. To put that in numbers, the new generation BMW 1-Series, at 4,324 mm, is around 85 mm longer than its predecessor, as its wheelbase -- at 2,690 mm – is also wider by 30 mm. Its track has been increased by 51 mm on the front and 72 mm on the rear, resulting to a 17-mm surge in overall width to 1,765.

Although the new BMW 1-series features the same height as the previous generation (at 1,421 mm), the interior is now roomier. In fact, rear passengers are provided with 21-mm more legroom, and the car boasts of 30 liters more cargo capacity to 360 liters. In addition, the new BMW 1-Series is laden with several driver assistance systems that – prior to the new model – were only available in vehicles in higher segments.

In terms of design and styling, the BMW 1-Series has been exuding a premium and youthful image. Its latest iteration significantly updates this image with precise body surfaces and a modern, functional interior. In fact, the 1-Series could be specified with BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line, which should provide the car with more interior and exterior design features and equipment.

As expected, the new BMW 1-Series employs four-cylinder engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Its petrol engines -- part of a new generation – provide sporty dynamics while consuming less fuel and emitting less carbon dioxide.

Its 1.6-liter petrol engines feature direct injection, twin-scroll turbochargers and Valvetronic, as well as Double-VANOS. Examples of these engines include those powering the BMW 116i with output of 100 kW/136 hp (plus 10 kW over the previous model), and the new BMW 118i with output of 125 kW/170 hp (plus 20 kW over its predecessor). Interestingly, these engines consume up to 10 percent less fuel.

Meanwhile, the new BMW 1-Series could also be powered by completely redesigned 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engines that feature variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct fuel injection. Examples include those powering the new BMW 116d (with output 85 kW/116 hp), the new BMW 118d (with output of 105 kW/143 hp) and the new BMW 120d (with output 135 kW/184 hp).

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AC Schnitzer Bmw ACS1 20d F20

With the launch of the new 1-series, BMW entered the strongly contested "compact class" vehicle category for the first time, and presented a vehicle that has jumped to the top of its class even before sales begin. This posed an even greater challenge to the AC Schnitzer engineers: to develop a special accessories range which takes the "pleasure principle" to an even higher level.

With its Avantgarde design and superior engineering, the 1 series holds a commanding lead in the compact class. So perfecting and refining its sporting ambitions further was a welcome challenge for the AC Schnitzer engineers. With enthusiasm and dedication, they have developed a range of special accessories which systematically apply the performance concept from motorsport both technologically and aesthetically. The result totally redraws the borders of individuality, dynamism and exclusivity in the compact class. With or without the M-Tech pack, as Coupé, Cabrio or Saloon, the 1 series from Aachen takes the trophy as the best in the class.

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