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The world’s fastest diesel powered production car is a BMW 335d, recording a world speed record on the famous 13 kilometre Nardo Ring in Southern Italy.

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In what looks decidedly like a stock standard BMW 335d, the car, built by the premier German tuning company AC Schnitzer and known as a the ACS3 3.5d Coupe, smashed through the previous record by 8.7 km/h to reach an official speed of 288.7 km/h.

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Sponsored by tyre manufacturer Continental AG in conjunction with AUTO BILD sportscars, each year, the best of the German tuners engage in a high-performance shoot out to determine the world’s fastest cars.

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AC Schnitzer is no stranger to world speed records, and this latest effort is the third such record in recent times for the prestigious BMW tuner.

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In 2006 they scored a victory with the Tension as the fastest street legal BMW and then again in 2007 with their gas powered GP3.10, which still stands today.

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CarAdvice recently road tested the 330d in Australia, and can testify to its stunning performance and ridiculously low fuel consumption.

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Also worth a mention was the performance by another AC Schnitzer car, the ACS4 3.5 turbo, which is based on the BMW Z4 sdrive 35i roadster.

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The Z4 reached a speed of 303.1 km/h and although this effort did not produce another world record, this was an unusually high speed for a roadster.

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AC Schnitzer is represented in Australia, by RamSpeed at ramspeed.com.au




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