AC Schnitzer celebrates 30 years with new BMW M240i ACL2S Special Edition

Article by Christian A., on March 5, 2017

Nearly a year ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, AC Schnitzer unveiled a 570-hp monster in the form of the AC Schnitzer ACL2. For the 2017 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, AC Schnitzer will be unveiling a new version that is less powerful but is nonetheless appealing.

AC Schnitzer is introducing its new BMW M240i ACL2S, a special edition model that the German tuner has come up with as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. As its moniker indicates, this special edition is based on the BMW M240i. However, AC Schnitzer implemented a number modifications aimed at upgrading both the looks and the performance of a typical BMW M240i.

As it is, a typical BMW M240i is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine that could develop 335 hp of max output and 369 lb.-ft. of peak torque. When paired to a manual transmission, this engine allows the BMW M240i to accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. But when mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, this powerplant allows the car to sprint from nil to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

However, people at AC Schnitzer saw it fit to bump up the power of the turbocharged 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine by re-flashing its engine control unit (ECU) as well as by installing a new exhaust, a new downpipe as well as a different air intake. These modifications helped increase the power level of the a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine from 335 hp and 369 lb.-ft. to around 400 hp of max output and 442 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

Likewise, AC Schnitzer installed a fully adjustable RS suspension kit that helps in lowering the ride height of the BMW M240i. Since it is fully adjustable, customers are given free rein to adjust the car’s ride height, compression as well as rebound.

To distinguish the new BMW M240i ACL2S from the model it was based on, AC Schnitzer decided to install an aero kit. This aero kit made the BMW M240i ACL2S appear wider than the base model. The kit includes 10 pieces of carbon fiber elements like a front spoiler, front splitter, side mirrors and side skirts as well as a rear roof spoiler a carbon fiber wing and a rear diffuser. AC Schnitzer is also offering AC1 Alloy wheels in either black or silver. Inside, the BMW M240i ACL2S features a three-spoke leather steering wheel and aluminum pedals as well as “One of Thirty” badges.

The BMW M240i ACL2S (the car plus the conversion kit) could be availed at around $83,000. However, those who already have a BMW M240i could just order the conversion kit at around $38,000. Keep in mind that AC Schnitzer will only build 30 examples of the ACL2S.

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