BMW 1 Series E88 Cabrio
The ACS1 Convertible
Viewed from its roof construction, the new 1-series Cabrio is a classic softy. But under its soft shell lurks a hard masculine cornering machine which isn’t pushed aside by anyone: especially in the AC Schnitzer version. As honed as a high performance athlete, the car cuts a fine figure even in the car park.
Engine tuning and performance upgrades have a long tradition at AC Schnitzer. To be on the safe side however, we prefer not to extract the maximum possible power but instead ensure greater robustness, which means a longer life of the engine. Many of our diesel performance upgrades are therefore designed for an increase in torque rather than an increase in horsepower. Because torque is what you feel when for example you’re “pressed back in the seat” on pulling away.
The Suspension Technology
Any pursuer’s hopes of overtaking the agile 1-series on the next corner are soon deflated by the AC Schnitzer suspension. The spring kit alone allows transverse acceleration which seems to go beyond the laws of physics. But fortunately physics doesn’t issue penalty notices! Obstacles can be evaded more quickly and precisely with the complete sports suspension, or even circled completely with the height-adjustable racing suspension.
We have transplanted the muscles visually to the right places. In the end, the vehicle is an agile sprinter and not a bodybuilder who can scarcely move for power. At first glance, the new front skirt strikes you – it is less rounded than standard and runs into a slight taper. This, in combination with the diagonal grille insert, ensures a far more dynamic appearance. And naturally the Cabriolet not only has a neat front, but also a strong rear: The AC Schnitzer rear skirt lip or insert (for M-Technik version) provides an extra cross contour in comparison with the original, and hence a more “powerful” look. Underneath, a diffuser element highlights the sporting heritage of the vehicle. The fact that the sporting appearance is more than just Show & Shine becomes evident to the driver from a glance in the rearview mirror (approx. available 11/2008). Because the car behind grows smaller at record speed when you put your foot to the floor.
Exclusivity also predominates in the cockpit: as well as the carbon interior trim in silver and the ergonomically shaped sports airbag steering wheels, the final touch is given by the aluminium accessories e. g. for the controller of the BMW-specific “i-Drive” system, the pedal set and footrests, different gear knobs or handbrake handles. Last but not least, velours footmats are available with the AC Schnitzer Logo.