With the new BMW 5-series saloon and the new BMW 5-series Touring, in 2011 two new 5-series models have been awarded the prestigious iF Award for outstanding product design. Equally prizeworthy is the AC Schnitzer ACS5 Sport S Saloon based on the BMW 5-series saloon, which celebrates its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show from 3rd to 13th March.
With this concept vehicle, the Aachen-based tuning specialist AC Schnitzer is demonstrating new and unusual aspects of driving pleasure. With a performance upgrade from 407 to 540 HP, the AC Schnitzer engineers are pushing the boundaries of the possible – for greater dynamics and efficiency. The driving performance is at thoroughbred sportscar level: the sprint from 0 – 100 kph takes just 4.5 seconds, and the top speed … CONTINUED
While touring the Geneva autoshow, you come across all sorts of BMWs, not just the OEM products BMW has on display, but a whole array of cars from aftermarket tuners. Here is the Lumma CLR X650, based on the BMW X6.
The massive bodykit widens the SUV by 5 cm on each side with an accompanying front bumper that means business. Carbon fibre is on tap a plenty to give the pure aftermarket look to BMW’s most sporty SUV. In the end, this isn’t my cup of tea, but the desired effect was accomplished as the SUV certainly stands out among the pack.
AC Schnitzer has released its aero package for the M-sport F10 and F11, add-ons to supplement BMW’s factory M-sport package.
F10/F11 M-Sport Parts Include:
Chrome front grille
Carbon fiber front spoiler lip
Carbon fiber rear wing or painted rear spoiler (F10 only)
Rear roof spoiler
Carbon fiber rear skirt diffuser
Twin sports silencer with 2 chrome “Sports Trim” tailpipes
Type V forged wheels
AC Schnitzer will be debuting its F10 550i ACS5 Sport S tuning program at Geneva next week. Improving on the already potent turbo powered standard 550i, Schnitzer turns up the power to achieve 397 kW / 540 hp + 750Nm torque. The ACS5 Sport 5′s 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds would give the upcoming M5 a run for its money. Top speed runs out at 320kmh.
AC Schnitzer will also be debuting its Z4 320d at Geneva.
More specs, details, and pics to come from Geneva.
Among AC Schnitzer’s debuts at the Geneva auto show next week will be the AC Schnitzer Z4 99d (a 320d Z4).
The 99d packs 140 kW / 190 hp and 420 Nm of torque under its hood, dashing from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 235 km/h. Its weight has been reduced by 230kg over the factory Z4. What’s most impressive however, is the efficiency of this powerplant, with fuel consumption of just 3.8 L diesel per 100 km/h in the combined cycle and just 99.18 g/km CO2 emissions level.
More details and photos to come from Geneva!
The touring variant (F11) of Alpina’s B5 Bi-Turbo is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show next week. The Alpina F11 B5 is expected to boast the same performance specs as the potent F10 B5 sedan – powered by a 500hp/516lb-ft 4.4L V8 twin-turbo, mated to a ZF 8 peed sport automatic transmission (“Switch-tronic”).
0-100kmh (62 mph) is accomplished in 4.8 seconds, just 0.1 sec slower than the F10 B5 sedan. Top speed is 186mph.
Pricing starts at €98,800.
The F11 B5 configurator can be found at http://www.alpina-configurator.de/ More details and photos to come from Geneva.
MWDesign reveals its “White Flame” E89 Z4 project featuring OEM and 3DDesign aero parts. The full modificaitons list includes: 3DDesign Front Spoiler, 3DDesign Rear Trunk Spoiler, OEM 3.5is M-Sport Rear Bumper w/ Custom Matte, Grey Diffuser Insert, OEM Gloss Black Front Brake Ducts, Alpine White Roll Bars w/ Cusotm Pinstriping, Custom Pinstripe Design on Side Bod Panels and Side Mirrors, H&R Sports Springs, Millitek 2x100mm Catback Exhaust System, Forgestar F10 20×9 F 20×20.5 R Toyo Proxes T1R 245/30/20 F 285/25/20 R, and Dinan Stage II ECU Upgrade + Custom OEM Performance BBK coming for Stage 2
BMW may not make an E91 M3 touring, but that didn’t stop M3post member 63NP from creating his own amazing E91 M3 touring/wagon from a 2007 E91 318i m-sport! The build looks top notch and is the first we have seen. Check her out inside!
BMW today announced a new M Performance exhaust system specifically designed as an accessory for the BMW M3 Coupe, Sedan and Convertible. With the racetrack and the street in mind, this new exhaust system is crafted from an extremely heat-resistant and lightweight chrome-nickel alloy called Inconel®. This flow optimized exhaust system reduces exhaust backpressure and allows the M3’s 414 horsepower V8 engine to produce an even more powerful sound.
Inconel’s unique qualities allowed engineers to reduce the thickness of the tubing from 1.5mm to 0.8mm. This resulted in a weight reduction of approximately 40%, or about 20 lbs. when compared to the stock exhaust system. Inconel has also proven to be very corrosion resistant and has been used at the highest level of Motorsports.
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