Does anyone think that the new BMW M3 and M4 could do with extra power and visual attitude? Probably not – we tested the mighty duo at launch and for an extended period, deeming it pretty much perfect. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if the M4 drove off with the 2015 South African Car of the Year title.
Still, tuning specialists AC Schnitzer have decided to work their magic on the powerful pair and they’ve described their efforts as a “further kick” to what is already an “energetic” performer. That’s putting it mildly, really. In standard guise the M cars produce 317kW and 550Nm.
After the Schnitzer treatment the figure goes up to 375kW and 645Nm. Meaner acoustics come courtesy of an upgraded exhaust system, replete with four Racing Evo Carbon tailpipes that promise to make “the heart of every tuning fan” beat much faster, according to the company.
And what cannot be heard must be felt. A suspension spring kit lowers the front by as much as 30mm at the front and 15mm at the rear. If that’s not low enough for you, there’s a racing suspension choice – with adjustable rebound and compression – that drops things by as much as 40mm at the front and 30mm at the rear.
On the outside, it’s the usual array of AC accoutrements. You can have a front spoiler, rear diffuser, mirror covers and skirts – all in carbon of course. And Schnitzer says they’re in the process of working on a bigger rear wing. The M4 rolls on the tuning company’s trademark BiColor alloys, available up to a size of 21-inches.
If you’re keen, remember that JSN Motors in Johannesburg is the official distributor of AC Schnitzer in South Africa. Also bear in mind that this stuff doesn’t come cheap. The M3 and M4 are priced between R992,000 and R1,233,500.