Even though it has been improved by quite a bit, the BMW 1 Series doesn’t feel like it really stands up as a proper Bavarian model.
First of all, unless you get a really big engine it doesn’t really cut the mustard in terms of performance. Even then, there’s something to consider.
The older, E82 generation of the 1 Series BMW does need a bit of tuning if its to provide the full extend of capabilities one would expect from such a car.
AC Schnitzer’s ACS1 kit seems to be doing just that. With the 3.0 liter twin turbocharged engine in the 135i used as a package you get … everything really.
The torque and power levels are as good as most 3 Series models and even more than the 1 Series M Coupe. With 360 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque on tap, performance is critical.
The sprint from 0 to 60 takes less than five seconds and should you dare keep your foot in such a small car, the top speed figure is now 186 mph.
AC Schnitzer then offers a new radiator grille, a full bodykit consisting of bumpers, skirts and less obvious aerodynamic gimmicks.
A new spoiler, new rear wing and an integrated diffuser are all there to keep you on the road even at the high speeds this car can do.
I still don’t care for the way the German tuner plants its name in decals on the side of the car but with such a sharp performance kit and a new suspension setup you’ll probably have other things on your mind.