F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer BMW 1 Series unveiled at Essen Motor Show

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BMW themselves may be coming to the Essen Motor Show but the German event is a tuning fest and the big names there aren’t always the most sonorous.

Of the latter category, AC Schnitzer just unveiled what they’ll be bringing, a tricked up version of the F20 BMW 1 Series.

F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer
F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer

Serving up a specific package from the German tuner, both the exterior and performance aspects get refined to a higher grade without spoiling the original product.

A new bumper was fitted to the front of the 1 Series and a new one is seen at the back. A discrete roof spoiler and some less than discrete wheels (sizes 18″ or 19″) and graphics complete the new exterior package.

Inside the F20 BMW 1 Series, AC Schnitzer had a pinch, tweak or change of just about every detail that matters to the driver.

F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer
F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer

There’s a bespoke gear knob that displays what gear you’re in, the i-Drive system controls have been restyled and the pedals and handbrake handle are made from aluminium.

More substantial stuff will be shown off soon as AC Schnitzer is going to unveil a new sports steering wheel for the small Bavarian hatchback.

F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer
F20 BMW 1 Series by AC Schnitzer

Beneath the show lies a redesigned suspension which drops the car by a full inch and the engines get some ponies to get along with.

The F20 118d now produces 171 horsepower and the 120d chucks out 210 horsepower. Petrol engines are bound to get their own power kits at a later time.


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