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AC Schnitzer BMW M5 Has Officially Arrived

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Here are the full details of this 700 hp super sedan.

BMW pulled off something of a miracle with its latest M5. Many thought that the implementation of AWD and the introduction of a conventional automatic transmission would distill the unique character of this uber-sedan, but it has proven to be one of the best in this model's long history.

Still, there is always room for improvement and AC Schnitzer is a past master at tweaking BMWs to the next level. We have already covered some aspects of the AC Schnitzer M5 but now that it is to be officially revealed at the upcoming Essen Motor Show in Germany, we have the final details of this super sedan.

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This package combines a number of elements to enhance the M5's already impressive performance levels with the exhaust, aerodynamics, suspension and wheels receiving the AC Schnitzer treatment. As revealed before there is now 700 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque on tap, up from the standard 600 hp and 553 lb-ft.

A similar upgrade for the 617 hp Competition pack is currently in development and both power upgrades will come with a parts certificate and AC Schnitzer's 5-year assembly guarantee. Depending on the target market, the exhaust system is available in both homologated and non-homologated versions.

The 21-inch AC3 lightweight forged Evo wheels have been exclusively developed for the M5 and feature a central locking cover that hides the wheel nuts and adds a sporty look. A range of other AC Schnitzer wheels can also be specified for the M5 in a range of varying colors.

The lowered KW V4 suspension was also developed in conjunction with the KW team and enhances both the driving dynamics as well as cornering capabilities. A range of front and rear spoilers in carbon fiber as well as side skirts and a roof spoiler both enhance the looks and aerodynamic performance. Aluminum pedals, footrest, and dash trim round off the interior of the Schnitzer M5. Official pricing for the package, excluding the cost of the BMW M5 itself, was not announced.