AC Schnitzer has rather accustomed us to tackle sporty models from BMW. But the German preparer can also deal with more conventional models: the proof with these improvements of the 5 Series range. Diesel and gasoline, Touring or sedan, all have the right to some small improvements.
With all the controversy surrounding the new design direction of the BMW 4 Series, it’s easy to forget that its big sister the 5 Series has received a little restyling for 2021. Unlike the 4 Series, most enthusiasts will agree that the styling changes are slight compared to the previous model. With new electrified powertrains also joining the list of engine options, the restyled BMW 5 Series nevertheless represents a big evolution compared to its predecessor. German tuner AC Schnitzer took the opportunity to take the luxury sedan to the next level with an assortment of styling and performance upgrades.
Under the hood, the 5 Series goes from 333 to 400 horsepower in 540i version (not sold in France), while the M550i models go from 530 to 620 horsepower, almost as much power as the M5 Competition version which has 625 horses. The German tuner is also working on performance improvements for diesel engines offered in Europe. A stainless steel sports exhaust system is also available with two chrome or black tailpipes, which provides a more thunderous soundtrack than on the classic versions. Diesel models benefit from a four-tailpipe exhaust system in “Sport” or “Black Sport” versions.
The same only better?
All models can also be lowered 2.3 cm at the front and 3.3 cm at the rear using a new set of suspension springs from AC Schnitzer. The modified 5 Series also benefits from new specific rims available in 20 or even 21 inches. To improve the aerodynamics of the luxury sedan, AC Schnitzer can install a new front spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser … All according to the request of each customer.
The 5 Series can also be fitted with a roof spoiler (Touring), a rear spoiler (Sedan) or a carbon fiber rear spoiler that generates more downforce. These aero upgrades are only available for models with the “M Sport” package. Inside, the German tuner can also make some modifications with specific paddles, aluminum pedals with a matching footrest and some carbon fiber or aluminum trim.