The BMW 1-Series may not look like a vehicle that could dish out a dynamic performance. But now, the 1-series could, thanks to the tuning experts at AC Schnitzer.
To power up the BMW 1-series, AC Schnitzer took an engine that powers the 5-series and further tuned how the vehicle performs. The new core of the BMW 1-series was afforded with the "Diesel M-Technik" that is originally designed for the 5-series.
Now, the BMW 1-series has become the ACS1 5.0d. This engine develops up to 294 kW (400 hp) in output and 800 Nm of torque, allowing the ACS1 5.0d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and from 80 km/h to 180 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
Likewise, AC Schnitzer upgraded the output of the engine of the 114i by 52 hp to 154 hp and the four-cylinder petrol engine of the 116i from 136 hp to 204 hp. AC Schnitzer also upgraded the output of the engine of the 118i from 170 hp to 204 hp.
On the other hand, BMW M135i's engine – fitted with optional charge cooler and sports catalyst – can develop between 360 hp and 380 hp. AC Schnitzer upgraded the outputs of the engines for the BMW 116d (to 139 hp), 118d (to 171 hp), 120d (218 hp) and 125d (258 hp).
AC Schnitzer was able to optimize the performance of the 125d's engine to churn out 40 hp more output. The power upgrade was made possible by the addition of AC Schnitzer chargecoolers and sports catalysts -- with 200 cells per inch – that work by cooling the compressed intake air and reducing the back pressure.
These upgrades, aside from making the 1-series more powerful on the road, are offered on a two-year warranty. Boosting the power profile of the M135i is a wonderful sound produced by a sports silencer and two chromed tailpipes. Customers can avail of these tailpipes in any of the four styles: "Racing," "Racing Evo," "Sport," and "Sport Black."
For other 1-series, customers can avail of "Racing," "Racing Evo," "Sport," and "Sport Black" tailpipe designs. For better stability and comfort during cornering, M135i customers should go for the AC Schnitzer racing suspension, which could be adjusted in height and in compression and rebound stages.
AC Schnitzer's racing suspension lowers the M135i by between 35 mm and 45 mm at the front and between 40 mm and 50 mm at the rear.
For those who prefer to have their 1-series lowered by just 30 mm both at the front and rear, they could avail of AC Schnitzer sports suspension and suspension spring kit. Of course, the BMW 1-series would not be completely upgraded if it doesn’t feature corresponding aerodynamic components from AC Schnitzer.
Available are two-piece AC Schnitzer front spoiler elements (with M-Technik) and front spoiler (not for LCI without M-Technik). Also available are chromed front grille in the export version as well as a rear roof wing. Customers could also avail of the rear skirt protective film and carbon mirror cover. For a more imposing exterior, the BMW 1-series could be specified with AC Schnitzer design stripes.
Accentuating the exterior of the BMW 1-series are AC Schnitzer wheels -- available in three sizes: 18 inches, 19 inches and 20 inches – wrapped in their respective tires. The alloy rims are available in different types: Type VIII (BiColor Black), Type VIII (BiColor Black, BiColor Silver or Anthracite) and Type IV (BiColor Black or Silver).
Also available are new AC1 alloy rims in BiColor or Anthracite. Interestingly, the upgrades are not only found on the engines and on the exterior, but also inside the cabin. Featured inside the cabin are the "Black Line" aluminium cover for the "i-Drive" system controller for BMW 1-series without i-Touch controller) and AC Schnitzer keyholder.
Also featured are the following: a gear knob with digital gear display, a "Black Line" aluminum gear knob or a leather gear knob. Completing the upgrades inside are the "Black Line" aluminum handbrake handle, foot rest and newly styled aluminum pedal as well as foot mats in velours.