With the new 7-series, BMW heralds the new epoch of the luxury saloon. True to the motto “Driving pleasure”, the 7-series takes the standards for driving pleasure into a new dimension. Outwardly a purely luxury saloon, under the bonnet lurks high performance technology of sports car class. AC Schnitzer has already developed a complete range which celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2002.

One significant innovation is the variable design of the aerodynamic components. Depending on personal taste, the customer can choose between the sports variants or the exclusive Chromeline design. Both versions are stunning in their sporting style and outwardly reflect the high performance technology of the vehicle. The inserts in the front spoiler, side skirts and rear skirt are black in the sports variant. In the Chromeline variant, these components are supplemented by extra chromed inserts.

The aerodynamic kit is complemented by the rear spoiler. The AC Schnitzer aerodynamic package is completed by the new sports mirror covers and a rear roof spoiler. As well as the aesthetics aerodynamic conversion also achieves functional perfection. The downforce values are improved. Another challenge was the development of the sports rear silencer of V2A special steel with chromed tailpipe trim. A completely new look was created in trap-ment form (combination of trapezium and segment) which is reserved exclusively for the new 7-series.

To improve the driving dynamics further, our engineers have worked on a spring kit which lowers the vehicle by 35mm at the front and 25 mm at the rear. Racing alloys in 9.5J x 20″ offset 20 with tyres size 245/45 R 20 on the front and 10.5J x 20″ offset 15, 275/35 R 20 on the rear emphasise not only the technical sophistication of the vehicle but also the sporting ambitions of its driver.

Light alloy whees in 19″ are already available. In the interior, a sports airbag steering wheel or velours floor mats are available, together with the characteristic AC Schnitzer aluminium pedals and foot rests.

The AC Schnitzer refinement of the cover for the control unit of BMW’s own “i-Drive system” provides the finishing touch in every sense.

Text and photos courtesy of AC SChnitzer