- Oct 29, 2008
Idle hands: AC Schnitzer BMW X6 Falcon
Click above for a high-res gallery of the AC Schnitzer BMW X6 Falcon
Idle hands are the devil's playthings, and apparently AC Schnitzer has a lot of time on its hands. You're only required to read the first two lines of the company's press release to realize that the crew formerly known for creating rolling automotive masterworkz have officially donned their collective bouffants, made like the Fonz and jumped the shark. Here's proof: The BMW X6 Falcon.
Using the X5 Falcon as unfortunate inspiration, the X6 variant gets the same stretched out body work, giving the 'ute a 70mm wider track in the front and an additional 80mm in the rear. According to AC, extensive testing was done on the Nurburgring to hone the Falcon's high-speed prowess, aided by a new front lip, air intakes, repositioned fog lamps, side skirts and rear wing. Black or silver 22-inch Type VII wheels fill the massive arches and although it's not clear in the release, we suspect that some lowering springs were used to keep the ride-height in check.
As for power, the only models to benefit from engine tweaks are the X6 3.0d and 3.5d, boosting power to 272 hp (from 235 hp) and 310 hp (from 286 hp), respectively. And naturally, AC will sell you a set of chrome tailpipes, aluminum interior trim, pedals and floor mats emblazoned with its logo.
Hit the jump to read AC's comically overwrought press release.
X6 Fires a Broadside
AC Schnitzer Presents New Addition to Falcon Territory
Falcons are becoming increasingly common in town. Now a particularly imposing variant of the agile predator is conquering the road valleys with its broad wings: the Falcon based on the X6 by AC Schnitzer. It follows the styling features of the X5 version of the same name, already successfully launched. Other identifying marks are the striking wing extensions of PU-RIM, a high quality plastic which is far more flexible and robust than for example GRP laminate or deep-drawn materials such as ABS. The dimensions of the X6 in the attractive lengthways format are 70 mm wider at the front axle and 80 mm wider at the rear. In other respects too the Falcon is perfectly adapted to its habitat. Instead of sweeping through the sky, it swept around the North Loop of the Nürburgring in numerous laps until the chassis developers and Engineering Director Manfred Wollgarten were totally satisfied with the setup of the new AC Schnitzer springs. Now the X6 remains firmly on the ground even at speeds which a normal falcon only achieves in a nosedive. And of course, on every corner. Downforce instead of lift, was the motto in the design of the impressive plumage, styled by Chief Designer Michele Viandante. The aerodynamics package includes a front skirt with diagonal air inlets, and repositioned fog lamps. The submarining protection has been removed in favour of a dynamically contoured spoiler edge. The Falcon rear now wears a solid skirt with edge frame. In contrast to the original, all components are painted in body colour throughout, so that the body appears drawn further down and hence more dominant. Instead of the submarining protection also originally fitted here, AC Schnitzer has opted for a rear diffuser and completed the effect with a new rear spoiler.
While birds generally sing in high keys, the bass engine note of the Falcon is more suggestive of a big cat. The twin-flow exhaust system in AC Schnitzer Racing Design however has an excellent resonance section. A lot of noise about nothing? On the contrary: thanks to the Control Unit, AC Schnitzer takes the series diesel engines, already excellent as standard, of types 30d and 35d to 200 kW / 272 HP instead of 173 kW / 235 HP, and 228 kW / 310 HP instead of 210 kW / 286 HP respectively. Perfect handling with corresponding Look and Feel is achieved with the "EVO" 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel.
Instead of the falconer's rings, the "legs" of the Falcon are decorated with the multipiece
AC Schnitzer alloy wheels Type Vll. With black or silver paint and a dense sequence of spokes, the 22" rim perfectly complements the challenging appearance. The alternating spread angle of the web pairs gives a refined look. Decorated and equipped in this way, the AC Schnitzer Falcon really has no natural enemies out there.
Engine: AC Schnitzer performance upgrades
for BMW X6 3.0dX with 173 kW / 235 HP to
200 kW / 272 HP through new Control Unit
for BMW X6 3.5dX with 210 kW / 286 HP to
228 kW / 310 HP through new Control Unit
Exhaust: AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer
incl. two chromed "Racing" tailpipes
for X6 30dX, 35dX, 35iX, 50iX
Suspension: AC Schnitzer spring kit for cars with or without self levelling;
X6 30dX, 35dX, 35iX, 50iX
Aerodynamics: AC Schnitzer front spoiler
AC Schnitzer rear skirt
AC Schnitzer rear spoiler
AC Schnitzer edge frame
AC Schnitzer bonnet vents, air duct set for bonnet
AC Schnitzer wide body front fenders:+ 70 mm
rear fenders: + 80 mm
Steering: AC Schnitzer 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel
AC Schnitzer 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel "Evo"
AC Schnitzer carbon steering wheel insert silver "Exklusiv"
Interior: AC Schnitzer carbon interior silver "Exklusiv"
AC Schnitzer carbon door panels silver "Exclusiv"
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover for i-Drive system
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover for i-Drive system "Black Line"
AC Schnitzer aluminium pedals
AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest
AC Schnitzer velours floor mats
Wheels: AC Schnitzer Racing Wheels Type VII silver or black
front: 10,0J x 22" offset 20 with tyres 295/30 R22
rear: 11,5J x 22" offset 10 with tyres 335/25 R22