The green and red color scheme of AC Schnitzer’s (ACS) latest one-off creation, the BMW M235i “ACL2,” would put us in a holiday mood if the car wasn’t so damn serious about kicking ass. Make no mistakes about this vehicle and its complement of modifications – it’s not to be trifled with.
It’s a brute, to be sure, enabled by an M4 3.0-liter inline-6 power plant swap with an AC Schnitzer performance upgrade and by eliminating the Vmax limit via ECU reprogramming. An ACS downpipe, sports exhaust system with special cat, and "Racing EVO Carbon" tailpipes, evacuate spent gasses, while an optimized carbon intake tract and lightweight battery further illustrate the meaning of the letter "L" in the name of the concept vehicle (which stands for lightweight, if you haven’t figured it out yet). ACS pegs horsepower at 570 to the wheels, which travels first through a rear LSD equipped with Drexler diff lock for sending more power to the rears.
The ACL2 M235i gets 6-pot fixed caliper brakes on the front with 400 x 38 mm drilled carbon ceramic brake discs and 4-pot brakes on the rear with 380 x 28 mm drilled carbon ceramic discs. Also at the rear are beefier M4-based axles, while at each corner is height-, compression- and rebound-adjustable AC Schnitzer Clubsport suspension. The ACL2 also rocks ACS support bearings and M4 carbon strut braces.
Robust aero tips off people to the vehicle’s seriousness, made up of a skirt, carbon front spoiler elements, front splitter, and carbon front side wings (two per side). At the back is an ACS carbon diffuser and wing with Gurney flap. Wheel arch extensions on the front, with air outlet openings in the wheel arch and three air deflector wings on each side, also enhance the powerful look, reinforced further by the rear wheel arch extensions with air inlet opening and two air outlet openings on the wheel arch, together with two air deflector wings on each side. These conversions add 140 mm to the width of the standard vehicle, 70 mm per side. A carbon hood with vents in black and special features like the special paintwork in classic racing green and the AC Schnitzer special "Racing" sports mirrors visually complete the tuning package for the bodywork.
The cabin of the ACL2 has also been thoroughly redone, outfitted with BiColor leather interior (green and perforated Nappa leather) in combination with black suede with green stitching, and interior trim strips in matte classic racing green. Additional upgrades include AC Schnitzer carbon racing bucket seats in BiColor, with black/green Nappa leather and carbon-look leather with ACL2 logo, the AC Schnitzer "Evo" 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel in Nappa and perforated leather, green suede indicator, and carbon door handles and center console.
Instrumentation has been augmented with an new ACS control display, showing e.g. oil temperature, intake air temperature, boost pressure etc., and an AC Schnitzer combi-instrument with speed display up to 205mph. AC Schnitzer key holder, aluminum pedal set, aluminum foot rests with illuminated AC Schnitzer logo, "Black Line" aluminum gear knob and "Black Line" aluminum handbrake handle, together with velour foot mats with AC Schnitzer logo, are supplemented in the ACL2 with door sill strips showing the ACL2 logo.
AC Schnitzer claims the ACL2 takes just 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62mph, and reaches a top speed of 205mph on wheel sets of AC Schnitzer AC1 forged alloys in BiColor (red anodized/polished) shod with 20-inch 285/25 ZR 20 Michelin PSS tires on the front and rear.
Although the AC Schnitzer ACL2 is a concept vehicle – currently headed for its big public debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show – and not for sale, many of the conversions presented are available in the original or in modified versions for the BMW 2-series models from over 40 AC support point dealers in Germany and 55 selected importers worldwide. For more info on this and all of AC Schnitzer’s current offerings, head over to their website.