The epitome of sporty driving at BMW, the M3, enters its sixth generation with the G80 model series. And as with its predecessors in their day, the current M3 is the most powerful 3-series of its time.
This also applies to the AC Schnitzer version. There has never been more power and driving dynamics in a 3-series than in the M3 by AC Schnitzer (G80). You can feel this extra power and sportiness in the M3 by AC Schnitzer in every driving situation: on the race track as well as in everyday driving on public roads.
AC Schnitzer provides the increase in engine power with a performance upgrade from 375 kW/510 hp and 650 Nm to now 434 kW/590 hp/750 Nm. Included in the scope of delivery for all AC Schnitzer performance upgrades there is always a country-specific warranty up to 4 years.
A useful addition to the performance upgrade developed by the AC Schnitzer engineers is the AC Schnitzer twin sports exhaust with two carbon “Sport” tailpipes on each side. It brings to the ear what makes every tuning fan’s heart beat faster: a powerful, sporty sound with improved exhaust gas flow at the same time.
With the AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit (lowering 15 – 20 mm on the front axle – the standard springs remain on the rear axle) or with the RS coilover suspension adjustable in compression (low-speed and high-speed) as well as in rebound – including lowering, every M3 driver will realise when cornering that the true feeling for driving dynamics comes from Aachen.
“Better fast than hard”, this is the philosophy behind AC Schnitzer suspension tuning and you can feel it in every situation. The handling of the AC Schnitzer RS coilover suspension corresponds in principle to that of the series: good-natured load change reactions and gentle understeer at the limits are important – nevertheless, with the AC Schnitzer RS coilover suspension, significantly higher cornering speeds are possible, with absolutely comfortable everyday suitability.
The dynamic package by AC Schnitzer is rounded off by a matching range of wheels.
The AC3 Lightweight Forged Wheels in Silver/Anthracite or Anthracite/Silver are available for the BMW M3 in 10.0 J x 20 inch. These rims realise what basically seems contradictory: less weight with the same large wheel diameters. This advantage of forged technology also influences the driving dynamics. The road holding of the M3 is improved even more by the mixed tyres offered.
On the front axle, the 20-inch AC3 lightweight forged rims are fitted with 285/30 R 20 tyres, and even 295/30 R 20 tyres are used for the rear rims.
In addition, AC1 rims in the same dimensions are also available as 20-inch light-alloy rims.
The basis of the aerodynamics package is the black front splitter on the front axle, which can be installed without further painting and which increases the downforce figures of the M3 by up to 40 kg*. This is complemented by front side wings, which were also developed specifically for the M3.
The new design package, consisting of a 4-pieced deflector set for the front fenders and two design elements for the bonnet of the M3, give the front end the finishing touch and a look all of its own.
At the rear of the vehicle, too, the signs point to improved downforce. Starting with the rear roof spoiler, through the rear spoiler, which provides 20 kg* increased downforce and a carbon rear diffuser, to the new Carbon “Racing“ rear wing: which in combination with the gurney flap, also available, provides up to 70 kg* increased downforce, AC Schnitzer have reached deep into the aerodynamic toolbox.
Side skirt and rear skirt protection film together with lettering complete the extensive range.
The interior design is also stylish and functional. “THE” control element, with which you have every driving situation firmly under control, is the AC Schnitzer sports steering wheel. The steering wheel rim of the steering wheel is made in a fine material mix of perforated nappa leather in black with black Alcantara. Both is joined into one unit by a light grey cross-stitch seam. With recessed grips on the right and left for the driver’s thumbs and the light grey motorsport indicator with AC Schnitzer logo for centre marking, orientation of the current steering wheel position is assured.
The combination with the AC Schnitzer aluminium gearshift paddles, which are noticeably larger than their standard counterparts, is a further sensible optimisation.
Aluminium pedals and footrests, keyholders and the aluminium cover for the iDrive Controller are also available when it comes to adapting the interior of the vehicle to its performance and sporty elegance.
So the sixth generation of the M3 by AC Schnitzer is again everything: an absolutely everyday vehicle with pleasant comfort and, on the other hand, a sports car suitable for cornering and racing.