AC Schnitzer releases BMW M5 upgrade kit
The AC Schnitzer car tuning shop has apparently spent enough time with the recently released BMW M5 to unveil a new performance upgrade kit for it. The new body kit, shock absorbers and engine improved the vehicle’s time at the Sachsenring racing circuit in Germany by four seconds.
The stock V8 engine of the German premium sedan has a manufacturer-claimed performance rating of 600 hp (447 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb·ft) of torque. Once upgraded, it delivers up to 700 hp (522 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb·ft).
The engineers have swapped the shock dampers with stiffer sport-grade ones, thus reducing the road clearance somewhat. They also equipped it with a paddle shifter and a set of design wheels.
Lastly, of course, the AC Schnitzer team couldn’t help designing a brand-new aerodynamic kit for their BMW M5, consisting of a rear wing and a front splitter.
The stock and modded BMW M5 vehicles were then pitted up against each other at Sachsenring by racing driver Jörg Müller. The former completed the circuit in 3:35.7, while the latter arrived at the finish line in 3:31.7, i.e. full 4 seconds faster.