AC Schnitzer ACS4 2.8i Coupe is the 2013 Tune It! Safe! car

Article by Anita Panait, on December 2, 2013

The Association of German Vehicle Tuners (VDAT), in cooperation with BMW AG, will launch a special concept car this year, in line with its "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative. The initiative is supported by the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development. Just like previous editions, VDAT is launching a specially modified vehicle, which this year is based on the BMW 428i Coupé, as mostly tuned by BMW tuning specialist AC Schnitzer. The result is the AC Schnitzer "ACS4 2.8i Coupé." AC Schnitzer tuned the 2.8i engine to 216 kW/294 HP and 420 Nm, allowing police vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. It features a AC Schnitzer twin sports rear silencer made of stainless steel with the chromed "Evo Racing" tailpipe trims.

The ACS4 2.8i Coupé also features the AC Schnitzer Type VIII Lightweight Forged Wheels in 9.0J x 21" donning "Ventus S1evo" tyres in 245/30 ZR 21 91Y from TUNE IT! SAFE! chief sponsor Hankook. Ensuring the police car’s low, safe road position is AC Schnitzer’s racing suspension that is adjustable in compression and rebound stages. The police car also features other aerodynamic elements like front spoiler, rear diffuser, rear spoiler and rear roof spoiler.

Moving inside the cabin, driving policemen are treated to aluminum pedals, foot rest and "Black Line" handbrake handle as well as a new key holder. Completing cabin’s looks are Velours floor mats.  To turn the BMW visually into a "true" police car, TUNE IT! SAFE! partner FOLIATEC provided the official film decor, with Hella providing the special signalling system RTK 7. The TUNE IT! SAFE! campaign vehicle will be unveiled at the Essen Motor Show on the VDAT stand No. F 104 in Hall 10 from November 29 to December 8, 2013. After that, it will be showcased in other shows across Germany.

Compared to that of the outgoing BMW 3-Series Coupe, the proportions of the new BMW 4-Series Coupe are significantly different. For instance, the BMW 4-Series Coupe is around 26 mm longer (to 4,638 mm) with a wheelbase that is longer by 50 mm (to 2,810 mm) and a roofline that is around 16 mm lower (to 1,362 mm). These dimensions are complemented by a long bonnet, short overhangs, flowing roofline, set-back passenger compartment – thereby helping the new BMW 4-Series Coupe achieve a dynamic outline and visually balanced silhouette.

Moreover, the new BMW 4-Series Coupe is wider than its predecessor by 43 mm to 1,825 mm, underlining its road-hugging stance. It is the broadest at its rear wheel arches, signifying the dynamism coming from this new vehicle from BMW. The new BMW 4-Series Coupe is also wider on both tracks, signifying the promise of a superior sporty drive before the driver gets behind the steering wheel. In fact, the front and rear tracks of the new BMW 4-Series Coupe are now wider by 45 mm (to 1,545 mm) and 80 mm (to 1,593 mm), respectively.

Up front, the new BMW 4-Series Coupe is distinguished by elegant sporting contours. The front end easily identifies the new 4-Series Coupe as a BMW thanks to a number of signature brand cues like the double-kidney grille and its twin circular headlights. These features allow the new BMW 4-Series Coupe to be easily recognized as a familiar sibling to the BMW 3-Series Coupe.

However, compared to the BMW 3-Series Coupe, the new BMW 4-Series Coupe openly exudes its sporting intent, as very evident on its front end marked by precise contours and multifaceted surfaces. Interestingly, the kidney grille and the optional full-LED twin hexagonal headlights form a single stylistic unit to make the BMW 4-Series Coupe more visually confident on the road.

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