AC Schnitzer Gives The MINIs More Power, Sportier Handling, Fruitier Sound

Last time we’ve seen this color combo on an AC Schnitzer product it had a modified version of the M3 and M4’s S55 421PS (425hp) 3.0L turbo six producing 570PS (562hp) dumped under its bonnet.

The German tuner’s brand new offering for the Mini isn’t so radical, but the variant for the JCW does pack a punch with its 34 PS (33hp) power gain from 231 PS (223hp) to 265 PS (261hp). The top-of-the line sporty John Cooper Works doesn’t get all the attention, as AC Schnitzer’s engineers boosted the regular Cooper’s power from 136 PS (134hp) to 170 PS (168hp) and the S’ from 192 PS (189hp) to 235 PS (232hp).

A new suspension makes sure the car can hold its own through the corners and comes with a set of AC1 BiColor or Anthracite 19-inch alloys, fitted with 215/35 or 225/35 tires. The modifications are available for the Hatch, Clubman and Cabriolet.

The uprated MINIs come with a new exhaust system, available with a “Track Mode” valve control with remote control for sound optimization to really let the engine rip. Like all exhaust systems for the MINI, the origins of the striking sound are revealed with the AC Schnitzer “Sport” or “Sport Black” tailpipe designs.

The Mini’s exterior styling wasn’t left to chance either, with the Aachen-based company providing a more individual look. According to AC Schnitzer, the aerodynamically efficient front splitter doesn’t even need painting and is easy to install thanks to its surface structure which precisely matches the standard wing recesses. The styling package is completed by the décor set, rear “Technology & Design” sticker, rear skirt film, and of course the red and green color scheme.

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