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AC Schnitzer BMW 1 Series M Coupe revealed

September 11, 2011

Renowned BMW tuner AC Schnitzer might be late to the party but the company has finally revealed its tuning kit details for the AC Schnitzer BMW 1 Series M Coupe, which offers 294kW, as well as a neat cosmetic upgrade and handling revisions.

As previously reported, AC Schnitzer has been working on developing a kit for the new BMW 1 M now for a few months, developing not just aerodynamic revisions, but also high performance brake upgrades and chassis and suspension tunes.

AC Schnitzer has now finalised an engine tune for the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six BMW M engine. In standard form, the BMW 1 M produces a maximum of 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque. After AC Schnitzer is finished with it, power is taken up to 294kW and 560Nm.

Engine tweaks include a fondled ECU and boost adjustment, while the BMW 1 Series M Coupe also gets a new, more aggressive bodykit including a carbon fibre front bumper bar with lower extensions, a new bonnet and a new rear fascia and diffuser.

AC Schnitzer has also come up with a braking package for the BMW 1 Series M Coupe as well, consisting of 35 x 380mm brake discs and six-piston calipers on the front, and 32 x 355mm discs with four-piston calipers on the back.

Inside, the cabin features a smattering of bespoke Alcantara trimmings, an AC gearknob and pedals and other AC Schnitzer highlights. AC badges also make their way into and onto the BMW 1 Series M Coupe tuning pack.

AC Schnitzer will be displaying a number of cars at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next week, alongside the new BMW 1 Series M kit.

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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.