2012 BMW 1 Series tuned by AC Schnitzer

Renowned BMW aftermarket specialist AC Schnitzer has revealed a new tuning kit for the 2012 BMW 1 Series. The company offers power upgrades for the 118d and 120d diesel models, as well as a range of exterior revisions.
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Starting with the polarising body styling of the new BMW 1 Series, AC Schnitzer has come up with a subtle bodykit which merely expands upon the natural design. There's a new lower lip spoiler at the front, AC Schnitzer side skirts, and a hatch-mounted spoiler at the back.

To make the 1 Series instantly recognisable as an AC Schnitzer special, the company applies a contrasting pin-stripe down one side with matching two-tone side mirrors. The exterior is then topped off with trademark AC Schnitzer 18- or 19-inch chrome and black alloy wheels.

Engine-wise, AC Schnitzer offers power upgrades for both models. The 118d gets a re-calibrated engine computer and a higher flowing exhaust system which takes its power output from 105kW to a punchy 126kW. With similar modifications, the 120d's power is up from 135kW to 155kW.

Other bespoke revisions include an AC Schnitzer steering wheel, floor mats, aluminium pedals and gear lever. AC Schnitzer will have this tuning pack and another for the new BMW 6 Series on display at the upcoming aftermarket-focused 2011 Essen Motor Show this weekend.

The BMW 6 Series kit is for the 650i variant, taking power levels of the factory 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from 300kW to an M5-hunting 403kW.