Schnitzer creates M3 rivalling BMW 1-series coupé
29 November 2007

German tuner AC Schnitzer is taking BMW's 1-series coupé closer than ever to the M3 (and possibly beyond it) with this, its take on the 135i.The Aachen-based firm's modifications take the 135i's twin-turbo, straight-six engine to a heady 355bhp and 332lb ft, enough to propel the baby 2+2 to 62mph in under five seconds and a top speed of 186mph.Beyond the engine upgrades, the Schnitzer 1-series coupé gets sports suspension, an additional strut brace, a rear wing and roof spoiler, revised front aerodynamics and 19in alloy wheels.Schnitzer isn't limiting its mods to the range-topper, either; it is also offering diesel upgrades that will add around 30bhp.

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A final facelift for the rear-wheel drive BMW 1 Series, as it aims to take class honours from the formidable Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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30 November 2007

Who gives a hoot?

Why pay, what will be a considerable amount of money, for the modifications to take it up to the level of an M3 - why not just buy an M3?

In fact - why buy an M3? Why not buy the new Skyline?

How much commission is Autocar on for this kind of niche nonsense to take up the page space that could otherwise be used advertising stuff we don't need?

30 November 2007

They probably wont be able to hit it with the inverse ugly stick though. There must be something more original and interesting out there to buy for that kind of cash

3 December 2007


There is plenty of stuff more interesting than another Autocar endorsed BMW.

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