AC Schnitzer readies 3-series performance upgrades

German tuning company offers modified looks and more performance for BMW’s 3-series

BMW’s seventh generation of 3-series, the G20, might have only been on sale for six months but the burgeoning aftermarket has already come up with tuning and personalisation options for those looking to make their 3-series stand out in the company car park. As Germany’s leading BMW fettler it should come as little surprise that AC Schnitzer is one of the first on the market with an (almost) complete set of updates and modifications for the car.

If you’re after more power for your 3-series you’ll have to wait a little longer for Schnitzer to finish its development work – ensuring 100 per cent reliability and gaining TüV approval takes time. Upgrades in the pipeline include the 320i, 330i, M340i and 330d. Judging by its work on previous BMW model series expect gains of around 35bhp and 45lb ft for the 20i, 55bhp and 65lb ft for the 40i, and 45bhp and 60lb ft for the 30d once the upgrades are announced. With today’s turbocharged engines often sounding a little anaemic AC Schnitzer has various different exhaust systems on offer to enhance the soundtrack and with a variety of tailpipe finishes – carbonfibre, chrome or black.

> 455bhp Alpina B3 Touring revealed at Frankfurt motor show 

Suspension is often an area in which Schnitzer excels and it has two different set-ups to offer G20 owners. The first is a simple spring kit that lowers the car by approximately 25mm while still offering a compliant ride. For those after a more involving drive the Sports Suspension would be the one to go for. Again it lowers the ride height by around 25mm and is claimed to offer improved response yet without compromising the ride quality.

For many it’ll be the exterior embellishments that they’re most interested in and AC Schnitzer has a set of upgrades for the car that include front spoiler elements in conjunction with a front splitter as well as side skirts and a spoiler that sits at the top of the rear screen and another to enhance the boot lid. To complete the exterior package Schnitzer can offer its AC1 light alloy wheels in Bicolour or Anthracite finishes and in either 19- or 20-inch diameters.

It’s pretty hard to fault the interior of the 3-series so Schnitzer has kept upgrades to a minimum here, but should you so wish there are new aluminium shift paddles, an aluminium pedal set and a key holder too.

Recommended

Car pictures of the week
Car pictures Aventador Ultimae
Lamborghini Aventador

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 298, we look at the highlights from our drive in the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae Roadster
13 May 2022
W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S saloon (2015-2022) review
C63 S saloon review
Mercedes C63 AMG

W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S saloon (2015-2022) review

AMG's smallest V8 saloon still hits all the right notes. The C63 S is hard-edged, aggressive and superb fun to drive
11 May 2022
BMW M3 Competition v Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio v Porsche 911 Carrera
BMW M3 Competition v Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio v Porsche 911 Carrera
Saloons

BMW M3 Competition v Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio v Porsche 911 Carrera

It’s M3 Competition versus Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio in the battle of the sports saloons, and just to really test their mettle, we’ve brought along a 9…
7 May 2022
2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 revealed – 402bhp four-cylinder rival to the M340i and Audi S4
Mercedes-AMG C43 – grille
Mercedes C-Class saloon

2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 revealed – 402bhp four-cylinder rival to the M340i and Audi S4

AMG’s new generation is gathering steam, with the new C43 to feature its latest electrified four-cylinder
26 Apr 2022

Most Popular

Used car deals of the week
Main  used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
13 May 2022
Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels
Rolls-Royce Phantom II – side sports
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels

There are luxury cars, and then there’s the new Phantom II and its unmatched opulence
12 May 2022
High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle
Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato prototype – front quarter
Lamborghini Huracan

High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle

Lamborghini plans to join the Porsche 911 Safari with its own take on the high-riding supercar
12 May 2022