AC Schnitzer 5 Series (F10)

BY Joel Tam

Aachen-based tuning specialist AC Schnitzer gives the new dynamic BMW 5 Series extra wings with its extensive range of special accessories.

Thanks to AC Schnitzer, now you can personalise and bring your spanking new 5 Series to the next level. With a range of exterior, interior and engine upgrades, these exclusive accessories will immediately add a dash of sportiness to your car. Whatever the model, all 5-series can be improved with the AC Schnitzer engine and styling program.

AC Schnitzer programs are available at AutoVox.


The "most beautiful form" of dynamic driving behaviour is provided by the AC Schnitzer spring kit, which not only lowers the vehicle by 25 millimetres but also gives the entire suspension set-up a more sporting tone, without neglecting the comfort requirements of the passengers.

Acoustically, the AC Schnitzer versions of the BMW 550i, 535i, 535d and 530d are enhanced with the twin sports rear silencer with its chromed "Sports Trim“ tailpipe trims in left/right combination (in development). This not only provides the sonorous, sporting sound but also brings an improved response behaviour from the engine. For the purely aesthetic enhancement of the exhaust system on the 525d and 530d models, a chromed "Racing“ tailpipe trim is also available.

BMW drivers place great visual importance on sporting, refined styling. In development of the aerodynamic kit, the AC Schnitzer designers and engineers have picked up the contours of the new 5-series saloon and subtly emphasised this. The result is a tailor-made outfit which further enhances the striking looks of the BMW 5-series.

The 5 Series by AC Schnitzer stands either on 19 or 20-inch Type IV wheels in BiColor or silver. Another alternative in 19 inch is the Type VIII rim, which is also available for the 5-series BMW. The highlight of the wheel range for the new 5-series (F10) is the Forged Alloy Type V rim, which allows sizes of 9.0J and 10.0J x 20 inch with tyres 245/35 R20 on the front and 285/30 R 20 on the rear, and at the same time achieves a clear weight advantage.

There's no escaping it - even the most dynamic drive must be slowed down at some point. In this case, the AC Schnitzer 8-piston high performance brake system mercilessly grips the front axle. The 8-pot fixed calliper and the perforated, internally vented brake discs provide greatly improved deceleration and even safer stopping for the vehicle - and of course the wheels, available from AC Schnitzer in various designs and with different wheel and tyre combinations.

At first glance, the new front spoiler catches the eye. This, in conjunction with the chromed grille, ensures a far more dynamic appearance. And of course the saloon not only has a smart front, but also a neat rear: the AC Schnitzer rear skirt insert integrates the sports exhaust harmoniously, and together with the rear roof spoiler and rear spoiler, makes the entire rear end substantially "more powerful".

Visually, the AC Schnitzer side skirt elements with chromed design elements (available as an option) link the front and rear parts of the vehicle.

That perfect feeling while driving comes also from the AC Schnitzer interior enhancements such as the AC Schnitzer "Evo" sports airbag steering wheel with optional AC Schnitzer carbon steering wheel insert in black "Exclusiv“. The carbon interior trim and the carbon sill trim set in black "Exclusiv“ ensure just the right distinction from the standard look. The AC Schnitzer interior range also includes the aluminium cover for the i-Drive System Controller, aluminium foot rests and pedals set, and gear knobs in leather, aluminium (black anodized), with leather and illumination or digital gear display. Boot and foot mats in velours complete the interior package.