Reputable BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has decided to take an early swing at the new generation 5 Series, instilling it with even more power and refinement, allowing clients to choose from Europe both the sedan or wagon body styles.
The 5 Series is seemingly the newest introduction in the highly competitive midsize executive market – so fresh that AC Schnitzer doesn’t even have the whole array of modifications and parts ready just yet. The company so far has cooked up engine enhancements for just two 5 Series versions – the 540i can be massaged for 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) after the regular model displaced 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts) from a 3.0-liter inline-six setup. Diesel aficionados can opt for the 530d’s 3.0-liter inline six to secure 315 hp (235 kW), up from the standard 265 hp (198 kW). AC Schnitzer has in tow upgrades for the M550i, 530i, and 520d in the near future.
The aftermarket specialist has also decided the standard soundtrack is not enough and will offer a new exhaust with stainless steel tips with either a chrome or black finish. No matter the engine choice, AC can hook you up to a lower and stiffer ride via revised springs that lower the ride height by an inch (25 millimeters) up front and 0.8 inches (20 mm) at the rear. The tuner also has numerous other elements – new front spoiler, splitter, side skirts, and diffuser, roof spoiler and rear wing for the sedan and alternative spoiler for the hatch for the Wagon. Inside you can have – for now – aluminum trimmed pedals and matching velour floor mats.