AC Schnitzer's BMW 5 Series Upgrades Scare The M5 Competition

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New styling elements are offered too.

The BMW 5 Series is a sporty yet luxurious business sedan, but not everybody is a fan of its grown-up side. AC Schnitzer and Alpina are among the companies that like to push the limits of every BMW they can get their hands on, and the former brand's upgrades for the facelifted 5er are now available - with M5 Competition-rivaling output. But before we get to what's hidden in the powertrain, AC Schnitzer has made sure that your 5 Series stands out from the crowd with a host of cosmetic and handling upgrades that are sure to draw attention like a Red Sox shirt at a Yankees game. Yet, rather than having abuse hurled at it, the AC S 5 Series will encourage onlookers to take photos of it.

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Various new wheel designs are on offer ranging in size from 19 to 21 inches, and they come in different colors too. Naturally, aftermarket wheels look best when paired with a drop in ride height, so the tuner has fitted a 1.2-inch lowering kit too. Inside, aluminum pedals, new paddle shifters, and an iDrive cover with the AC S logo feature too.

There's also a new stainless-steel exhaust system that ends in a quad-pipe arrangement. To make this fit in properly, new fascias are offered for both the wagon and sedan versions of the 5 Series. You can also have extensions for your side skirts, a roof spoiler or wing - depending on the body style of your 5 - and for the sedan only, a trunk spoiler and trunk strip.

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So what about the power? 540i models can be boosted from 333 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to 400 hp and 398 lb-ft. As impressive as that is, what you really want to boost is the M550i xDrive. This model already has 530 horses on tap, but AC Schnitzer loves excess and has pushed the output to a whopping 620 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. That five horses less than the M5 Comp and 66 lb-ft more torque. All of this sounds epic, but the tuner isn't stopping there. AC Schnitzer is reportedly working on performance upgrades for diesel and hybrid variants too. If you've ever out-dragged a more expensive and focused car on the street, you know just how exciting these upgrades are.

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