AC Schnitzer Shows BMW 150d, a 1 Series Stuffed with Tri-Turbo Awesomeness

The cool thing about BMW is that the company makes everything from a 1.5-liter to a big V12 twin-turbo engine. Somewhere in between, we find one of the few tri-turbo engines available at the moment.
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It's fitted to several xDrive models that wear the M50d badge. However, they are all pretty big, so for the 2015 edition of the Essen Motor Show, German tuner AC Schnitzer decided to show the world you can stuff it inside the body of a 1 Series hatchback.

The "M50d" engine is a tri-turbo version of the 3.0-liter inline-6 diesel we all know and love. Of course, the 1 Series hatchback doesn't come with any six-cylinder diesel engines because it doesn't need to, but it can offer a bi-turbo 2.0-liter or the impressive gasoline unit for the M135i.

Still, the tri-turbo diesel outclasses even that car, as it delivers 381 PS and 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) in its standard configuration. AC Schnitzer managed to squeeze out 400 PS and 800 Nm (591 lb-ft) of torque.

Wondering how fast a hatchback with an engine from the X5 or 5 Series is? Well, wonder no more, as AC Schnitzer says it will run from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and do the 50-112 mph (80-180 km/h) sprint in only 7.9 seconds. You might have a chance of smoking the A45 AMG with those kinds of numbers, just not off the line.

Those Mercedes owners would never suspect a thing because this diesel machine is quite the sleeper. AC Schnitzer kept the exterior mods down to a minimum and only installed discreet pieces. These include some carbon mirror caps, a front splitter and rear wing. 20-inch wheels sit at all four corners and have been covered in 235-mm front and 300-mm wide rear tires. Lowering springs and minor interior changes are all part of the transformation.

But you don't need to stuff a tri-turbo engine inside the 1 Series hatch to make it better. AC Schnitzer uses the 150d to promote its over-the-counter medicine that includes a 154 PS version of the basic 114i and a 258 PS version of the 125d.

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