The AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d based on BMW Z4 sDrive 35i

"Pure sports car with a powerful diesel under the bonnet? Who'd make such a thing? AC Schnitzer - that's who. And they know what they're doing….." ("Auto Bild sportscars", issue 2015-03).

The basis for this concept vehicle, which remains a one-off and carries the name AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d, is the BMW Z4 sDrive 23i (E89), but it's been modified from the bottom up.

The AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d is a concept vehicle not for sale, which was produced to customer specifications and at the same time acted as a technology platform for AC Schnitzer product development. In its current form, the vehicle would cost € 113,965.00.

The conversions in the brakes, suspension, body, interior and wheelset are part of the AC Schnitzer retail range for the Z4 model series. All are homologated and available via BMW dealers.

The Technic of the ACZ4 5.0d

The core of the conversion is the engine: the M50d power plant, used for example in the BMW 5-series (F10/F11), has been upgraded and implanted into the ACZ4 5.0d. This now develops 316 kW/430 hp and has a maximum torque of 840 Nm (compared with the M50d, with 280 kW/381 hp, 740 Nm).

The rear axle gear and limited slip differential from the BMW M3 (E92) replace the standard rear differential, and the standard manual gearbox has been replaced with an 8-speed automatic with pedal sports shift.

Equipped in this way, the AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in an incredible 4.5 seconds, only reaches its top speed beyond the 300 km/h mark, and at 1:37.22 min - according to the test in "Auto Bild sportscars" - is the fastest diesel on the Sachsenring.

New engine styling and a modified instrument console are also part of the extensive modifications.

The increased engine power alone however would not have pushed the power curve of the ACZ4 5.0d up quite so far. The other part of the equation is the systematically applied lightweight construction - some examples: the electrohydraulic metal folding roof and the boot lid have been replaced by CFC constructions. These optimisations alone account for a 90 kg weight reduction.

The standard silencer has been replaced by a lightweight silencer, so now the exhaust doesn't add 23 kg ballast, but just 4 kg.

A further 25 kg are saved in the wheelset - based on the AC Schnitzer forged alloys Type VIII -  which combines rims in 9.5J x 19 inch with tyres size 265/30 R 19.

As a whole, with a few further measures, 131 kg has been "trimmed off" so that despite the significantly heavier M50d power plant, the car weighs in at just 1469 kg.

We call that Efficient Performance by AC Schnitzer.


The Suspension Technology of the ACZ4 5.0d

The suspension dynamics of the ACZ4 5.0d have also been optimized using the power-to-weight formula. The RS adjustable suspension, fully adjustable in both compression and rebound stages while also lowering the Z4 bodywork at the same time, is combined with the lightweight high performance braking system on the front axle to ensure excellent and stable deceleration.

Of course the RS adjustable suspension of the AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d was tested on the North Loop of the Nürburging as well as on public roads.


The Wheels of the ACZ4 5.0d

Weight reduction in unsprung mass: less weight in the parts directly connected to the wheels, such as wheels and brakes, leads to a perceptible gain in agility and driving pleasure. The latest forging techniques using materials from the aerospace industry guarantee strength and an unbeatable weight saving.

25 kg are saved in the wheelset - based on the AC Schnitzer forged alloys Type VIII -  which combines rims in 9.5J x 19 inch with tyres size 265/30 R 19.


The Bodywork of the ACZ4 5.0d

The 30 mm lowered body in conjunction with the AC Schnitzer aerodynamic components gives a further perceptible reduction in drag.

The aerodynamic conversion, which naturally also significantly defines the looks of the ACZ4 5.0d, consists of a carbon front spoiler, two carbon sports fenders,

two bonnet vents, a two-piece rear spoiler and the carbon rear skirt insert which perfectly integrates the rear silencer.


The Interior of the ACZ4 5.0d

The interior too of the AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d leaves no doubt that this is a very special car: interior trim elements in orange, and carbon racing bucket seats offering strong lateral support, with the embroidered ACZ4 5.0d logo, were all specially made. Aluminium pedals and foot rests, and velours floor mats complete the range.


The Video Gallery

AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d Concept Car @Sachsenring - On Board Auto Bild sportscars - Total playing time: 2:31 min


The image gallery


"Pure sports car with a powerful diesel under the bonnet? Who'd make such a thing? AC Schnitzer - that's who. And they know what they're doing …"

AC Schnitzer ACZ4 5.0d Supertest
Auto Bild sportscars
issue 03-2015, German - 11.0 pages

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