This is one awesome transformation.
The latest batch of BMWs are all pretty quick in their own right. In fact, the M850i version of the BMW 8 Series is so good that we couldn't help but wonder if it made the M8 obsolete. But of course, too much is never enough when it comes to Bavarian 'bahnstormers, especially when AC Schnitzer has something to say about it. Just as the company raised power on the regular 5 Series to a point that it was almost as crazy as the M5, so the company has modified the M850i to achieve similar results. This time, however, it's to draw attention to the fact that tuned cars can be just as safe as the OEM product.
A sports exhaust is the first item deemed necessary, and it features flaps to keep your neighbors calm when you get home late from the track. Those who like taking their cars to a circuit will be glad to know that the M850i by AC Schnitzer gets more than just a louder soundtrack too, as a lowering kit is fitted for better roadholding and a more imposing stance. Helping the car look even lower and more aggressive are the addition of canards, a front splitter, side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a rear spoiler, all made from carbon. These have all been tested for aerodynamic efficiency too, so they won't do more harm than good.
Wheels are the final touch for the exterior, with AC Schnitzer fitting lightweight 21-inch AC3 flow-formed rims in a matte anthracite finish. Inside, there are new shifter paddles, foot pedals, and other bezels to spice up the cabin's look and feel. But what about power? AC Schnitzer has boosted the car from 522 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque to 611 hp and 619 lb-ft. That's almost as much power as an M8 Competition, and more torque too. To complete the package, a special engine cover is also fitted. Finally, AC Schnitzer wrapped the car in a police-inspired vinyl wrap from Foliatec, complete with flashing lights by Hella. The car premiered at BMW's Welt facility on December 15 and is set to be displayed at various exhibitions and events in the near future.