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AC Schnitzer

Words ByJim Holder

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AC Schnitzer has built up a formidable reputation for tuning anything that comes its way, and on show in London are some fine examples of its latest work.

The Mini Cooper S has 226bhp 22bhp more than John Cooper Works version plus sports kit including a new exhaust, racing suspensions, a front spoiler, rear skirt, 18-inch alloys and limited slip differential.

All this comes at a price, of course: 30,096.86, to be precise. Quite why they insist on being that specific, were not sure.

Also on show is a 1 Series Convertible, renamed the ACS1 3.5i Convertible. It showcases a kit Schnitzer has made for the 118d, 120d, 123d and 135i.

Its makers say the kit improves engine performance by 24-73bhp and steering, while features include more aggressive styling, a rear spoiler and carbonfibre detailing on the inside.