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“Extraordinary”, “cheeky” and “fun”, but equally “reliable” and “supreme” are just some of the adjectives which can be applied to the most emotional small car of recent years. For AC Schnitzer, closely associated with the white-and-blue products for decades, the logical consequence was to develop a special accessory range for the Mini leaving nothing to be desired.

Thanks to the AC Schnitzer engineers, the standard engine which already developed a substantial 120 kW / 163 HP using compressor technology, has now been given a further boost in performance by optimising the compressor ratios and simultaneously remapping the control unit program . After the AC Schnitzer treatment, the 1.6 l power plant delivers a powerful 142 kW / 193 HP at 7,000 rpm . Equipped in this way, the Mini Cooper S takes just 7.0 seconds to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h and has a top speed of 235 km/h . To improve response behaviour , the performance upgrade is combined with the AC Schnitzer special steel sports rear silencer with chromed racing tailpipe . For the latest Mini-descendent – the Mini One D – a diesel performance upgrade is already in the pipeline.

Of course it’s worth fitting the AC Schnitzer rear silencer even without the performance upgrade. But here the customer faces a choice. Two variants are available for the Mini One and the Mini Cooper: a twin-pipe exhaust system with one oval tailpipe in right/left combination , or a single oval tailpipe design . And for the Mini Cooper S there’s a third, exclusive version: a centrally positioned sports rear silencer in the new AC Schnitzer Racing tailpipe design .

Whatever variant the customer chooses, he’s guaranteed a throaty sound and attractive integration of the rear silencer into the rear of the Mini in all cases. Last but not least there is for all Mini models (except Cooper S) a chromed, oval tailpipe available which also sets an optical highlight.

The AC Schnitzer rear skirt not only integrates the silencer but also makes the Mini models (except Mini One D) look much more powerful. For the front there’s also a complete skirt which, with its generously dimensioned front grille and chrome frame , gives the Minis a new, brighter face . But the aerodynamic conversion doesn’t just provide the finishing touch visually. Made from high quality PU-Rim , it ensures better downforce and is easy to paint and fit. The styling range for the exterior is completed with designer stripes and the AC Schnitzer l ogos “Technology & Design” available in white or black and for the Cooper S with a red “S” .

The absolute eyecatcher – for viewers on both the outside and inside – is the AC Schnitzer folding roof which with its 710 x 810 mm opening almost gives the Mini that wonderful cabriolet feeling.

The Mini’s driving dynamics are further improved by suspension components which lower the vehicle by around 30 mm , in conjunction with the AC Schnitzer Type I alloys in 7.5J x 17″ with tyres 215/40 R 17 . A height adjustable racing suspension and spring kits for pure lowering are already available for all Mini models. Finally the suspension concept is completed by the aluminium strut brace for the front axle, which stabilises the front at fast cornering or sudden evasive manoeuvres.
So it’s no wonder that the subjective driving impressions are similar to a Go-Kart on twisty roads or at high speeds. For tyres we recommend high performance tyres by Continental and Michelin .

The famous “finishing touch” is given by interior components such as the 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel, aluminium pedal sets with matching footrest cover , the aluminium gear knob and the aluminium handbrake handle . Last but not least, special foot mats are available with the two-colour embroidered AC Schnitzer “Technology & Design” logo. Finally, AC Schnitzer offers tailor-made solutions in the field of traffic telematics which can be integrated optimally.

Text and photos courtesy of AC SChnitzer

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