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AC Schnitzer has become the first aftermarket tuning company to utilize the power of phone applications. And while Android is gaining on the iPhone’s popularity, there’s no denying that going with Apple’s brainchild first is the smart thing to do.
AC Schnitzer’s iPhone app is completely free to download and allows you to stay up to date with all of the company’s happenings. You’ll also be able to hear and check out videos of their exhaust systems and view various AC Schnitzer vehicles that are for sale.
And just to have a little more utility than just a giant AC Schnitzer ad, they offer a “Park Service” option which is basically just a GPS-locator to store where you park your car and how to get back to it later.
And with AC Schnitzer now acting as a pioneer, we have to think it won’t be long before other tuners start releasing their own Apps.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Oh AC Schnitzer, you’re actually late to the party this time around! BMW‘s new 2011 5-Series has already been overhauled by quite a few tuners including 3D Design and Lumma Design and now the brand synonymous with BMW customization over the last few decades has embraced BMW’s new sedan.
Apparently this is just one of several tuning packages AC Schnitzer has in the works, which makes sense considering this is just a conservative lip kit. We’re going to guess that they’ll come out with a full front and rear bumper replacement in the near future. But as always, AC Schnitzer outfits the 5-Series with an add-on front lip and add-on rear diffuser (to the OE bumpers) along with a set of side skirt extensions sporting a classy chrome blade. Both roof and trunk spoilers are also available with the trunk spoiler carrying a much more conservative design than we’re used to seeing from AC Schnitzer.
An ECU upgrade is available for the 530d bumping horsepower up from 245-hp to 286-hp. And of course an exhaust system is available for all the various 5-Series models. AC Schnitzer did want to express that they’re currently working on ECU remaps for the other BMW powerplants.
Suspension and brakes are also handled by AC Schnitzer, offering a very mild 1-inch drop along with a massive 8-piston caliper brake setup with cross-drilled rotors. (We’re assuming that the upgrade is for the front, while nothing was mentioned for the rear. We can’t imagine having 8-piston calipers in the rear on a 5-Series, but we guess it’s possible.)
AC Schnitzer also has a large assortment of wheels available for the 5-Series from 19-inch to 20-inch variety.
GALLERY: AC Schnitzer BMW 5-Series F10
We’ve seen so many variants of BMW‘s X6 by now that we’re not even sure which one is our favorite anymore. But it’s clear that the aftermarket has really embraced BMW’s performance SUV despite its odd identity crisis. This time it’s AC Schnitzer with a widebody X6. Interestingly AC Schnitzer hasn’t officially released this kit yet, with the vehicle making its first appearance at the National BMW Festival out in the United Kingdom.
AC Schnitzer is well known for tuning BMWs and their styling has always been unique. Simply put, it’s hard to mistake AC Schnitzer’s body kits. Clearly what we can see on the X6 is a full body kit (front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, rear trunk and roof spoiler), alongside widebody arches that allows 11-inch wide wheels to look comfortably at home.
A set of traditional AC Schnitzer wheels also outfit the car. We found this X6 to be one of the cleaner yet more aggressive ones out of all the X6s we’ve seen, with the widebody fitting the style of the X6 quite nicely. As for the Aston Martin-inspired frong grille, well, we’ll pass on that.
We’re sure it’s just a matter of time before someone in the United States pops up with one for us to check out.
GALLERY: Widebody AC Schnitzer BMW X6
[Source: Vivid Racing]