AC Schnitzer Tension Street

05Sep07

AC Schnitzer Tension Street BMW 6 COUPE TUNING

BMW 6 Coupe based Tension Street from AC Schnitzer

The AC Schnitzer Tension Concept got a positive reception at the 2005 IAA. This persuaded AC Schnitzer to build a conversion for the BMW 6 series models.

The Design

The bonnet of the AC Schnitzer Tension has a large air outlet to help with the ventilation of the power plant. The front skirt has been completely adapted to make the Tension Street look lower, the air intake provides additional cooling for the engine and the front brakes. To provide sufficient ventilation for the power plant, the new front wing has integral air outlet openings. Another highlight at the rear of the Tension Street Version is the boot lid which was originally reserved for the Tension. But its modified styling gives the rear of the BMW 6-series the “Finishing Touch”, so the new boot lid is now a firm part of the Street Version conversion.Wheels and SuspensionAC Schnitzer decided to equip the Tension Street Version with the forged alloy Type V. It has a partly polished, partly painted surface. This wheel type, available for all 5 and 6-series, achieves a fundamental paradox: reduction in weight with simultaneously maximum wheel diameter and width.The Tension Street Version is fitted with rims size 9.0 x 20″ on the front and 10.0 x 20″ on the rear, a front wheel weighs in at just 23.8 lbs. The tires are size 245/35 ZR20 on the front and 285/30 ZR20 on the rear.In conjunction with the wheel and tire combination, a sports suspension has been developed for the Tension Street Version which lowers the vehicle by 1 inch and perceptibly improves driving dynamics. For the M6, a suspension spring kit is available. To counter lateral roll, AC Schnitzer anti-roll bar sets are fitted to the front and rear axles.The New AC Schnitzer 5.1-Liter EngineDepending on base vehicle, the Tension Street Version can be fitted optionally with the new AC Schnitzer 5.1-liter engine. This is available in principle for all BMW 6-series with N62 B44 or N62 B48 TU engines.The new engine offers a true alternative to the M6 V10 unit. The conversion is also available for vehicles with automatic transmission.the AC Schnitzer 5.1-liter engine achieves 406 lb-ft. Performance has been optimized to a superb 411 bhp. At the same time, driving performance is enhanced. Top speed rises by around 20 mph.To achieve excellent deceleration figures, the front axle features 8-pot fixed calipers with perforated, vented brake discs and special pads ensures braking with ruthless efficiency. However, this kit is reserved for the Street Versions based on BMW M6.The InteriorThe interior too has been modified in typical AC Schnitzer fashion. Carbon-fiber interior trim in titanium , 3-spoke sports steering wheel in leather with carbon , carbon gear lever, combi-instrument with a speed display up to 205 mph, through to velours mats with red embroidered logo. The interior is finished with silver or black anodized aluminum accessories comprising pedal set, foot rests, handbrake handle and  i-Drive controller.The AC Schnitzer Tension Street Version is available in various levels. The conversion work is performed exclusively by AC Schnitzer in Aachen. The only exceptions are the USA and Japan, where trained specialists perform the vehicle conversion locally. Limited to 50 examples, silver serial number on a black anodized aluminum plate in the centre console. 

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