BMW X5 Visits the AC Schnitzer Gym, Puts On Some Serious Weight

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Multiple tuners have left their mark on the latest iteration BMW X5, which is understandable, given that the LCI, which is facelift in Bimmer slang, has been around a little over a year now. However, AC Schnitzer has only recently gotten its hands on the executive crossover, giving it a discreet makeover and a power boost.
Actually, you may want to make that more power boosts rather than one, as the tuner's portfolio includes more oily muscles for several models. The xDrive 40d diesel is on the list, and so is the 50eX plug-in hybrid.

The low-revving variant enjoys 347 hp (352 hp/259 kW) and 531 pound-foot (720 Nm) of torque, yet with AC Schnitzer's help, the output and thrust have increased to hp (382 ps/281 kW) and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm). The electrified version puts 543 hp (551 ps/405 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque under the driver's right foot, up from hp (489 ps/360 kW) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm).

Models featuring the air suspension are also eligible for AC Schnitzer's lowering kits. For instance, the X5 40i gets closer to the asphalt by 15 to 25 mm (0.6-1 inches) at both axles. The 30d, 40d, and the hot M60i shave 20-30 mm (0.8-1.2 in) at the front and 15-25 mm (0.6-1 in) at the rear compared to their standard selves.

2024 BMW X5
Photo: AC Schnitzer
The new wheel options contribute to the 2024 BMW X5's enhanced look. The AC5 Flowforming proposal is available in glossy black or a bi-tone look, and it is said to have been developed exclusively for the Munich auto marque's large crossovers. The alloys are an evolution of the tuner's former offering. They measure 10.5x22 inches and they were wrapped in 275/35 and 315/30 tires at the front and rear, respectively. The wheel spaces increase the width by 12 mm (in) per side.

Several exterior polyurethane add-ons improve the model's stance. Here, AC Schnitzer's proposal includes the new front splitter, a set of side skirts, and a rear roof spoiler, joined by a protection film at the rear axle. According to AC Schnitzer, these components not only contribute to the boosted look but also improve the vehicle's aerodynamics.

Don't go anywhere yet, as we also have to speak about the interior. Well, briefly speak about it, anyway, as the aftermarket components here include the new paddle shifter, iDrive cover, pedals, and footrest, all of which were made of aluminum. For the pricing part, you will have to reach out to the tuner, as it hasn't said anything about the Benjamins in the press release accompanying the images shared above. So, do you dig the enhanced look and power boost, and would you do this to your X5 (if you had one)?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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