So if you want to stand out from the crowd of MINI owners not just visually but also at the lights, you would best take a closer look at AC Schnitzer.
Developments are focussed on the power plants of the MINI Cooper S and the John Cooper Works. For both models, AC Schnitzer offers performance upgrades which take the power of the two MINIs from 141 kW/192 hp to 173 kW/235 hp, and from 170 kW/231 hp to 195 kW/265 hp respectively. The power upgrades give the MINIs an even more impressive performance and come with a 2-year warranty. And once again, the readers of “sport auto” magazine have voted AC Schnitzer currently the best engine tuner across marques, confirming the company’s position as a competent partner for performance tuning.
The power of the MINIs is communicated externally in appearance and sound by the AC Schnitzer silencer systems, which consist of a back box and two “Sport” or “Sport Black” tailpipes positioned centrally. The kit also includes the integral AC Schnitzer “Track Mode” flap system with remote control for optimized sound. Different sound pipes, available as an option, form part of the silencer systems. The “Sport” and “Sport Black” tailpipe trims are also available solo.
To optimize driving behaviour and bring the MINIs a bit closer to the asphalt, suspension spring kits have been developed which lower the MINIs by around 20 – 30 mm at the front and around 25 – 35 mm at the rear. The resulting change in centre of gravity of the vehicle brings a perceptible improvement in agility and driving fun.
This is particularly evident in conjunction with the AC1 alloys in 7.5J x 19 inch, developed specifically for the new MINIs. Here AC Schnitzer has re-interpreted the classic double-spoke design to give a sporting, hybrid look. Thanks to the refined styling, triangles form tips towards the wheel rim and widen towards the wheel centre, separated by five trapezoids. These guide the gaze directly to the real classic element of the AC1 rim: the 5-cornered hub cap with AC Schnitzer logo. Despite this wealth of styling elements, the design has a clean, masculine look thanks to the ultra-straight lines. The interplay of all these elements lends the AC1 wheel solidity and size. The AC1 rims are available for the MINI in BiColor or anthracite, and are fitted with tyres size 215/35 R 19.
The MINIs facial traits become more sporting thanks to the new AC Schnitzer front splitter which fits below the standard front skirt. This provides better downforce and a subtly sporting look. The rear skirt protective film, a Decor set and the rear “Technology & Design” logo complete the range.
Naturally, the enthusiastic MINI fan will also appreciate the atmospheric AC Schnitzer accessories for the interior. Like the gear knobs, handbrake handle, aluminium pedals and footrest, and high quality velours foot mats.
So with a few carefully styled, technically sophisticated touches, the “Small Giant” becomes a true AC Schnitzer.