AC Schnitzer’s Falcon kit for the BMW X5

Of all the BMW tuning kits the German tuning firm AC Schnitzer offers, this time we’ve stopped for a second look at the X5 Falcon.

It’s an offering introduced about a couple of years ago just as the Bavarians were launching the E70 version of the BMW X5 SAV.

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

Since then, few things have changed about it. The body kit remained mostly the same, the engine output varies and more of the engines can now be tuned.

The Aachen based tuner fitted new bumpers, skirts and wheel arch extensions to create a relatively not obvious widebody kit.

They’ve then continued to produce a hood which has vents in it and may include chromed kidney grilles should you opt for it.

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

Overall, the look of the Falcon AC Schnitzer BMW X5 is a pretty impressive looking machine, which kind of lets itself down when you find out what engine mods are available.

Only the diesel powerplants receive a re-tweak. All the variations ever available in standard trim of the 3.0 liter straight six diesel can be given a bit of an extra boost.

The two M57 engines can go from 235 to 272 horsepower or from 285 to 313. Torque figures notice a similar bump.

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

BMW X5 Falcon by AC Schnitzer

With the more modern N57 powerplants performance is updated from 245 to 286 horsepower or from 306 to 360 hp.

The latter figure is pretty close to what BMW is giving you in the very expensive M Performance diesels so it might actually be worth a second look at.

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