The BMW i8 Roadster by AC Schnitzer


July 23, 2018 By Mike
Last updated on July 23, 2018

The BMW i8 Roadster by AC Schnitzer
The i8 Roadster is just a new body version? We take a different view and are pleased that we too can continue the success story of the BMW i8 series with innovative AC Schnitzer special developments for the Roadster in terms of efficiency and sportiness.

Let’s start with the suspension: by lowering the front and rear axles by 20 – 25 mm, the vehicle’s centre of gravity is lowered, which significantly optimises driving stability in all cornering positions.

Especially in combination with the lightweight wheel set, which saves 4.4 kg in weight with the 21 inch AC1 Forged Lightweight Rims in BiColor or Anthracite developed especially for the i8 series, the lateral dynamics of the i8 Roadster also improve noticeably.

The aerodynamic conversion for the i8 is a complex work of art made entirely of carbon and developed strictly according to the “Form follows Function” principle: Front spoiler elements, centre front spoiler and carbon front side wings as well as side skirts and a carbon “Racing” rear wing ensure that driving pleasure can fully develop thanks to higher downforce values.

The AC Schnitzer aerodynamics range is rounded off by carbon door handle shells and mirror covers, AC Schnitzer emblems (160 mm) and the front grille for the BMW kidney, which is available in various specifications; also as “hot climate version”.

Aluminium pedals, footrest and the cover for the iDrive system controller as well as velours floor mats emphasise the lightness of the interior design and the elegant look of the i8 Roadster by AC Schnitzer.

Electric or hybrid drive – open or closed: the AC Schnitzer special developments for the BMW i8 Roadster increase dynamics through consistent lightweight construction and improve output values in every situation. We call this innovation 2.0.

BMW i8 Roadster

Suspension:
AC Schnitzer spring kit,
lowering: front approx. 20 – 25 mm / rear: approx. 20 – 25 mm
compared to the standard suspension

Aerodynamics:
AC Schnitzer front grille for BMW kidney
(also as hot climate version)
AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements
AC Schnitzer carbon middle front spoiler
AC Schnitzer carbon front side wings
AC Schnitzer carbon mirror cover
AC Schnitzer carbon air outlet front
AC Schnitzer carbon door handle panels
AC Schnitzer carbon air outlet rear
AC Schnitzer carbon “Racing” rear wing
AC Schnitzer carbon side skirts, left – right
AC Schnitzer emblems 160 mm, left – right

Interior:
AC Schnitzer aluminium pedals
AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover Black Line for iDrive controller
AC Schnitzer velours floor mats

Wheel/Tyre sets:
AC1 Lightweight Forged Wheels BiColor or Anthracite
optional: painting in any colour

front 8.5J x 21“ with tyres 245/35 R 21
rear 9.5J x 21“ with tyres 285/30 R 21

Axle Weight Wheel Weight Wheel incl. Tyre
front 9.5 kg 21.0 kg
rear 10.5 kg 23.5 kg

Difference in weight vs. BMW Turbine 625 in 20 inch

Axle Weight Wheel Weight Wheel incl. Tyre
front 10.9 kg 21.5 kg
rear 11.3 kg 23.0 kg

4 wheels compared to each other = -4.4 kg
Wheel/Tyre set compared to each other = identical weight
Significantly improved transverse dynamics without any compromise in weight