AC Schnitzer Tunes BMW's New X1 Crossover

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BMW’s X1 has only been on sale in Europe for a few months, but that didn’t stop AC Schnitzer from working its magic on the ‘ute. The German tuner has a complete catalog full of hop-ups for the baby crossover, some of which will debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

Turning its considerable knowledge of diesel tuning to the X1, Schnitzer got down and dirty under the hood and came up with performance upgrades for all of the diesel engines offered in Europe. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder diesel gets a healthy bump from 143 horsepower to 171 horsepower, as does the mid-range 2.0-liter diesel that climbs from 177 horsepower to 210 horsepower. Opt for the top-of-the-line oil-burner and Schnitzer will make your 2.3-liter diesel spit out 240 horsepower, up from 204 horsepower stock. Unfortunately for you petrol heads, all they’ve got is a “rear silencer” for the exhaust system on the top-shelf 3.0-liter inline-six.

To improve handling, Schnitzer has come up with some minor enhancements to make your X1 sportier. Stiffer springs will help cornering while an aluminum strut tower brace minimizes chassis flex.

For those more interested in standing out around town than at the track, Schnitzer has a number of visual enhancements as well. A new splitter and hood vents dress up the front while new skirts dress up the sides. A new fascia, wing and chrome exhaust tips spruce up the rear. Four different wheel styles offered in sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches finish the package.

Inside, Schnitzer can brighten things up with leather, aluminum or their special “Exclusiv” silver carbon fiber. Dress-up pieces include new door panels, several shift knob and hand brake options, aluminum pedals, an aluminum iDrive knob, and velour floor mats.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t released prices yet, but expect a healthy premium on top of the X1’s purchase price. Still, with tangible performance enhancements and mostly subtle exterior modifications, it’s a hard package to say no to.

Source: AC Schnitzer

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