Geneva 2011: tuners and coachbuilders
There's a whole other world at the Geneva motor show. Welcome everyone, to the automotive plastic surgeons' corner...
Posted: 04 Mar 2011
AC Schnitzer isn't much different to the rest of the German tuning houses. Normally. However, this year its star turn was a 99g/km BMW Z4. To put that in perspective, BMW itself doesn't have a car that puts out less CO2. Under the bonnet is the 2.0-litre diesel, but AC Schnitzer hasn't been able to resist the temptation for a bit of tweakery, so the 163bhp engine now produces 187bhp. Not very eco-friendly.
The savings come from the fact this Z4 is 230kg lighter - achieved by such heavy-handed mods as replacing the folding roof with a fixed lid. So this is a coupe, not a roadster. There's another problem too - does your environmental conscience stretch to 149,000 Euro?