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BMW AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet M3

BMW AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet M3
BMW AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet M3 Specifications
LayoutFront Engine, RWD
Transmission6 Speed Manual
BrakesAC Schnitzer-Tuned 8-Pot Braking System
Displacement4.0 Liters
Engine Type32V BMW Direct Injection V8
Horsepower420 bhp @ 6250 rpm
Torque295 lb-ft. @ 3900 rpm
Redline8400 rpm
WheelsAC Schnitzer Type-V 20 inch
AerodynamicsFull Body AC Schnitzer Aero Kit, Custom Carbon Fiber Accents
Base Price: 2009 BMW AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet M3 - Contact Manufacturer

The AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet: E93 M3 Makes an Angry Face

AC Schnitzer is one of the most respected and skilled sports car tuners on earth. Known predominantly as the Aachen, Germany-based wizards who have a special relationship with BMW AG, AC Schnitzer continues to provide bolt-on tuning parts for classic and modern BMW luxury sports cars, as well as drive-off total conversions.

It was only a matter of time before AC Schnitzer would get careful hands on the new E93 BMW M3 convertible, and the result is quite a sight to behold.

The BMW M3, with its smooth-as-silk 420 horsepower V8, is one serious performance machine. With outright race-inspired performance that goes far above anything visible on the spec sheet, the 2009 BMW M3 is a car that few tuners would touch. With the AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet, the German tuning house proves that even the new V8 M3 is not safe.

So much effort from BMW's M-Power team has gone into every aspect of the design process that in the hands of any but the most expert German car tuners, modifications made to the M3 would slow down, imbalance, and ultimately tame the luxury sports car beast.

Potentially to keep conversion costs down, or just based on the decision that 420 horsepower was plenty for a car of the E93 M3's purpose, AC Schnitzer chose to leave the motor alone, "as of yet," according to official AC Schnitzer press materials. In the areas of aerodynamics and braking, the ACS3 Sport Cabriolet is an entirely different car. Featuring AC SChnitzer-designed 8-pot brakes and a carbon fiber-accented aerodyamics kit that truely brings out the best in the E93, the Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet is a visually exciting car.

Only the lucky few will get the AC Schnitzer ACS3 Sport Cabriolet in their garage. Read on for the official details, direct from the AC Schnitzer...

The New Spearhead: The ACS3 Sport Cabriolet based on the BMW M3

Official AC Schnitzer Press Release

The sun shines, the wind's in your hair and the engine note in your ears: almost no other vehicle on the road evokes such untrammelled emotions as the BMW M3 Cabriolet. Especially when the road leads via AC Schnitzer in Aachen. The 309 kW / 420 HP V8 engine is (as yet) untouched, but in the end, extra sporting performance can be achieved in a different way, as suspension guru Manfred Wollgarten knows: "With our racing suspension set up on the North Loop, we've thoroughly mastered the physics of driving".

The car is an out-and-out eyecatcher from the outside: with its new front skirt and strictly rectangular segments of the chromed grille insert, the vehicle has a strong, muscular look. The sporting presence is further underlined by the carbon spoiler lip with optional aluminium braces. The power dome on the bonnet hints at the powerful 4.0 litre V8. It is flanked by two AC Schnitzer Bonnet Vents, which emit a greedy intake howl during driving. At the sides, the open-air sports car shows its muscles in the form of flexibly moulded side skirts which emphasise the wheelarches.

The latter are perfectly filled by the 20" Type V lightweight forged rims. Their slender spokes give a clear view of the 8-pot high performance braking system by AC Schnitzer which mercilessly reins in the thrust when required. A deceleration performance which the ACS3 rarely needs for cornering, where it behaves totally neutrally.

A carbon rear diffuser helps the vehicle hunker down to the asphalt. The perfect driving experience is rounded off by the acoustic qualities of the powerful vehicle, provided by the AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer with chromed tailpipes in "Racing" design. The sonorous note of the cabrio is heard at its best in narrow road tunnels. If only the sun would shine a bit more often there!

And naturally AC Schnitzer maintains the motorsport atmosphere in the driver's workplace, with attractive and ergonomically designed aluminium elements for the gear knob and handbrake handle, pedals and i-Drive controller. A carbon interior trim and sports airbag steering wheels are available on request, together with velours mats.

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