Yes, yes - more M3 Touring news. But we’ve been waiting long enough, a couple of weeks more excitement won’t do any harm. Inevitably the car was going to attract the interest of tuners, given both the general hype around it and the tuning potential that’s there already in the B58 engine - the Touring is a match made in heaven for the aftermarket. And AC Schnitzer has something ready to roll already.
Plenty is of course transferable from its work on the M3 saloon and M4 coupe, which will explain the haste. The 610hp number is the big drawer, 100hp up from standard, achieved through nothing more than software and an exhaust. Schnitzer’s website translates it as an ‘additional control unit with programming’, not impacting the standard ECU, for ‘optimised motor efficiency’ - you don’t say. It says 98RON minimum is required for the full 610hp and 553lb ft, but as a diligent PHer that’d be going in your Touring anyway. The upgrade is compatible with petrol particulate filters and comes with a three-year AC Schnitzer warranty. The only slight hassle really seems to be that it can only be installed after the 1,200-mile running in service. What an M3 that could make.
Schnitzer’s demonstrator also benefits from its AC3 20-inch wheels, the lowering springs that drop the front axle 20mm and a rear spoiler that - whisper it - looks pretty good on an Isle of Man Green Touring. Perhaps the carbon canards, vents and tips aren’t as successful, but then there’s never been a modified car that suits every taste. Which is the joy of tuning, of course.
Also offered from AC Schnitzer for Touring customers (though not pictured) are a gearshift paddle set, aluminium footrest and a new steering wheel - could probably survive without those. The 610hp, though, could be interesting. The upgrade is on Rossiters, AC Schnitzer’s UK dealer, for £5,839.32. Which is less than an M Carbon Pack from BMW. We’ll get a drive if there’s a demonstrator, of course, but rest assured it’ll be after this initial flurry has died down. Apparently, you can have too much of a good thing…
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