AC Schnitzer Nurses Their Aachen Clubman S
There's a game that we play every time AC Schnitzer releases a product or kit, and that's to see how many times we can count their logo on the car. The winner thus far was a 5-series BMW that featured no fewer than 25 AC Schnitzer logos... on the exterior. Lord knows how many were lurking inside.
Amazingly, there are only twelve logos on the outside of this chocolate-brown MINI Clubman S, showing admirable restraint from Schnitzer. Also showing restraint is their body kit, which features a front and rear bumper, some wheels, and not much else other than some conspicuously tacky laurel wreaths. Power is raised to 226 horsepower thanks to a new exhaust system, and the interior is available with "pedals of aluminum" to provide "that final endorphin surge." Their entire press release — all two paragraphs of it — have been summarized here, so if you like you can read what you've just read again after the jump. Or you can make with that fancy clickin' and check out the image gallery.
The name "MINI" says it all: Physically, the Clubman is not one of the biggest out there, but it's got a bigger heart than any other estate. And now AC Schnitzer provides that final endorphin surge. With its new front spoiler, giving it a harder look than standard, the Cooper S Clubman doesn't just catch the eye but demands respect. In terms of driving dynamics, the agile cornering master shouldn't be underestimated. Especially not when fitted with the AC Schnitzer spring kit or even the height-adjustable racing suspension made in Aachen. The subtle lowering flatters the well-honed figure of the Clubman. The bonnet with its striking power dome hides real muscle.
After the AC Schnitzer performance training, the Cooper S develops 226 HP/ 166 kW and a torque of up to 285 Nm. Gas and away! But with spirited driving, don't forget: secure your load first! An optional limited slip differential (up to maximum 75 percent) developed by the renowned BMW tuning house ensures that the raw engine power is always applied to the right wheel when cornering and not lost through the exhaust. Even the exhaust gas flow plays a dual role of utility and aesthetics: Not only does it drive the turbo, but the AC Schnitzer twin sports rear silencer plays an almost orchestral note. The musical masterpiece with its chromed tailpipes is also a top level eyecatcher. Like the perfectly styled alloy wheels specially designed for the MINI in Aachen. Variants available are the Bicolor wheel Mi2 in 7.5 x18" and the Mi1 in the classic AC Schnitzer look in 7.5 x 17". And naturally the passionate MINI fan wants the right accessories in the interior too. Like the attractive controls and sports pedals of aluminium - naturally from AC Schnitzer.