• Nov 28, 2009
AC Schnitzer BMW 123d Tune It Safe! police concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

High performance vehicles like Porsche 911s being used for pursuit duty on Germany's autobahn is nothing new. As such, in order order to grab the attention of Essen Motor Show attendees, the Tune It Safe! program's annual police-liveried show car needs to go a step further. Past efforts have included rides such as a police-liveried Brabus Rocket and a TechArt-prepared Porsche 911. This year, AC Schnitzer got the call and it has unwrapped (or perhaps wrapped is the better term, given the side graphics) a police car concept based on the BMW 123d coupe.

Naturally, Schnitzer couldn't leave the stock, 40 mpg 204-horsepower twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel alone, and so it has boosted the show car's engine to 241 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. They've also applied an array of their appearance upgrades including a front splitter, rear spoiler, and a bigger wheel/tire package. The body has been dropped 30 millimeters, which should help compensate a bit for the extra drag of the light bar on the roof. Inside, racing seats and carbon fiber trim are accompanied by a cover for the iDrive knob that matches the wheel design.

We'll pass on the light bar and the graphics, but take the rest of the car, please. Not sure about it yourself? Take a look at the high-res gallery below and a video available after the jump.



[Source: AC Schnitzer]





Press Release No. 16/2009

Page 1/1 November / December 2009

Safe, Serious Tuning – A Mission for the Company and the Customer

The fifth concept car of the "TUNE IT! SAFE!" VDAT initiative has been designed mainly by BMW tuning specialist AC Schnitzer

"Only serious, safe tuning will bring the hoped-for driving pleasure!" Under this motto, the Association of German Car Tuners (VDAT) every year launches a special concept car. In 2010, BMW AG is providing a BMW 123d Coupé for the Association's "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative, which is also supported by the Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Road Development. Most of the vehicle accessory equipment has been supplied by Aachen-based BMW tuning specialist AC Schnitzer.

As in the last four years, a police vehicle has been professional converted as part of the promotion. The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d", based on the BMW 123d Coupé, shows that safe tuning is far from boring. VDAT-member AC Schnitzer has upgraded the 2.3 D engine to 241 HP (177 kW) and 480 Nm. The police car with 6-speed automatic transmission now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, so would acquit itself well even in the fastest pursuit. The latest
AC Schnitzer wheels Type IV BiColor are fitted with tyres from TUNE IT! SAFE! main sponsor Hankook. The low, safe road position is achieved with the sports suspension from the Aachen-based specialist with 30 mm lowering. The bodystyling kit consists of two-piece front spoiler, rear skirt insert, rear wing and rear roof spoiler. Good visibility is ensured by the "LEDayFlex" modern daytime running lights from Hella, and optimum rearward vision by the AC Schnitzer "New Generation" sports mirrors.

In the interior, the guardians of the law could enjoy leather racing bucket seats with
AC Schnitzer logo and silver genuine carbon fibre trim on the dashboard, centre console, door handles and steering wheel, which are perfectly complemented by the aluminium pedals and aluminium foot rests. A further highlight is the G-force indicator, which measures and displays the centrifugal forces inside the car.

The concept car impressively demonstrates large parts of the tuning accessory range from
AC Schnitzer. To give the BMW the essential, authentic look of a "real" police car, Foliatec supplied the original stickering and Hella the flashing lights. Even the police could - and would like to - drive the converted vehicle in public road traffic. To their regret however, the concept car will not be brought into use and is not available in this complex form. Nonetheless, it makes an important contribution towards achieving the aim of the initiative: to combat illegal, unsafe tuning and counterfeiting. All AC Schnitzer conversions are however available commercially and are of course TÜV-approved.

The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" will be on display for the first time at the Essen Motor Show on VDAT Stand No. 406 in Hall 10 from 28 November to 6 December 2009. "Serious and safe tuning is not only a company philosophy, but it is also our mission", emphasises Rainer Vogel, Managing Director of AC Schnitzer. And you can take this literally: Safe tuning with components from a reputable manufacturer not only brings the desired driving pleasure, but can even be lifesaving.


Overview for Press Release No. 16/2009
Page 1/1 November / December 2009

TUNE IT! SAFE! BMW 123d Coupé by AC Schnitzer

Basic car: BMW 123d Coupé (E82)
Engine: AC Schnitzer performance upgrade
performance: 177 kW / 241 HP
Exhaust: AC Schnitzer "Racing" tail trim, chromed
Suspension: AC Schnitzer sports suspension
AC Schnitzer strut brace
Aerodynamics: AC Schnitzer front spoiler for cars with M-Technik
AC Schnitzer rear skirt insert for cars with M-Technik
AC Schnitzer rear wing
AC Schnitzer rear roof spoiler
AC Schnitzer sports mirrors "New Generation"
Wheel Tyre set: AC Schnitzer Type IV "BiColor" wheels (with Hankook tyres)
Steering: AC Schnitzer sports steering wheel "EVO"
AC Schnitzer carbon insert for steering wheel, silver
Interior: AC Schnitzer carbon interior incl. panels for door handles
AC Schnitzer carbon automatic gear knob
AC Schnitzer Recaro sports seats incl. side airbags
AC Schnitzer G-Force display* (prototype)
AC Schnitzer aluminium cover for "i-Drive system" "Black Line"
AC Schnitzer aluminium handbrake handle "Black Line"
AC Schnitzer aluminium pedal set, eloxed
AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest, eloxed
AC Schnitzer floor mats, velours
All AC Schnitzer conversions are components of the sales program for the 1 series model range (except *). They are all TÜV approved and available through BMW partners.
Police decor: FOLIATEC / INTAX / folioCar
Car glas foil: FOLIATEC SECURLUX
Light-signal system: Hella RTK 7
Daytime running light: Hella LEDayFlex
Tyres: HANKOOK Ventus S1 evo


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  • 18 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just want to add...what's with the rims? They may look nice, but it just doesn't feel right, imo, on this car. Adds too much of a "ricer" vibe to an otherwise fine German sports coupe. And that's not even the most grievous eyesore; check out that ridiculous iDrive knob! A miniature wheel?! Are you kidding me?! That looks like some stupid throttle control on the controller of an R/C car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do they put such dumb looking light bars on these otherwise good looking vehicles?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw the picture and thought the exact same thing! Although it's an LED light bar; the sleek, low-profile light bars used on many new cop cars here in the States would have looked a lot better. Along with some blue mini LED bars in the grill area.
        • 5 Years Ago
        JDam4131@ +1. I agree
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just gonna say, I like the new LED bar lights being used in the US now. This one reminds me of the older models
      • 5 Years Ago
      Other than the light bar and graphics, I think that is probably the best 1 Series I have ever seen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What ever happened to a M3 Police cruiser?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this police car comes chasing after you, start driving on a road with the most amount of potholes you can think of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        unfortunately , there are no such roads in Germany :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's badass!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Other than the light bar and graphics, I think that is probably the best 1 Series I have ever seen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn comment system...
      • 5 Years Ago
      SO if this cop is chasing you, take him off road or over a bumpy road and watch as he has to slow down because he's bending the hell out of his 18 wheels and will likely pop a tire on a pot hole doing 100mph+.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is with all these "cop-car" conversions of speed vehicles? We saw the New York State Police get LT-1 powered Comaros back in the late '90's as "persuit" vehicles. They promptly wrecked almost all of them. Most cops can't handle a V-6 Impala let alone this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Pit-ing a car has a tendency to fling it into oncoming traffic so that's why it's banned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's also why in the UK they don't do the PIT maneuver. According to Top Gear, it's too expensive to fix the car up/get a new car after it gets in a crash so instead during chases, they just get a ton of cars and try to box the criminal vehicle in to stop it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Tune it safe" is a promotional campaign for safe and responsible tuning in Germany. these cars are not real police cars. but the German Autobahn Police do use Porsches , BMW M and Mercedes AMG police cars and they are trained in advanced driving courses and have state of the art driving simulators to be able to handle Autobahn speeds.
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