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AC Schnitzer ASC3 2012 BMW 328i tuning package

AC Schnitzer has revealed a tuning upgrade package for the new 2012 BMW 328i called the ASC3, offering handling improvements, increased engine power, and subtle styling tweaks. The package debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Based on the new 2012 BMW 328i, which is the replacement for the BMW 330i, the AC Schnitzer ASC3 offers discreet enhancements. The standard N20 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, normally producing 180kW and 350Nm, receives a retuned ECU and sports exhaust system.

Power is rated at 217kW and 410Nm. Even in standard trim, the BMW 328i can go from 0-100km/h in just 5.9 seconds. With the AC Schnitzer changes the time is reduced down to 5.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250km/h.

The AC Schnitzer ASC3 kit also includes minor exterior and interior trimming revisions and badging, and a set of lightweight alloy wheels ranging 18 inches in diametre to 20 inches. The rims sit neatly in the wheel arches thanks to a lowered sports suspension package.

The kit will be available in a number of international markets through various distributors during the middle of this year. The main AC Schnitzer importer in Australia is RamSpeed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.