AC Schnitzer tunes the BMW M235i

Renowned BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has come up with a neat upgrade package for the already-brilliant BMW M235i. It brings added style, more direct handling, and more under-bonnet performance.

AC Schnitzer BMW M235i

The little BMW M235i is a great little car, based on the new 2 Series. It features the company’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine producing 240kW and 450Nm. In standard form, with the automatic transmission option, acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in 4.8 seconds.

AC Schnitzer offers a tune which can raise output levels to 279kW of power thanks to some engine computer tweaking and an exhaust system. Additionally, the company offers a high-performance intercooler which has an 80 per cent larger surface area compared with the standard one.

Although there’s no mention of acceleration figures, you could expect 0-100km/h to come up in around 4.5 seconds.

In other areas the company offers suspension modifications, ranging from sports settings to all-out race packages to suit motorsport applications. The racing setup is height adjustable, allowing owners to lower the ride height by 30-40mm.

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Some enthusiasts have criticised the look of the M235i, however, AC Schnitzer can certainly give it a more aggressive look. There’s a carbon fibre front spoiler system, a chunky carbon fibre rear diffuser, side mirror caps, and a new roof spoiler. Add some bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels and you have yourself a very stealthy machine.

As a side note AC also offers tunes for the diesel 2 Series lineup. Power for the 220d can be lifted from 135kW to 160kW, while the 225d can be boosted to 190kW (not sold in Australia).

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.