German tuner AC Schnitzer will be unveiling its latest creation at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. Since the theme of the 62nd IAA is “environmentally friendly” AC Schnitzer has created the GP3.10 GAS POWERED, which has LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) drive.
Based on the 3-Series coupe, The AC Schnitzer is powered by the 5.0 liter V10 engine found in the M5/M6, but is tuned to produce 552 horsepower. So what the hell is so green about this and what does LPG do?
Liquified Petroleum Gas is an alternative to normal petrol fuel, both economically and ecologically. Not only is LPG cheaper than regular gasoline, it produces around 15 percent less CO2 from the exhaust. There are over 2700 filling stations in Germany alone so fuel supplies are guaranteed to those who live there. And don’t worry, just because it uses LPG it doesn’t mean that performance has to be sacrificed. The AC Schnitzer GP3.10 has the ability to do 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and the The sprint to 100 km/h takes 4.5 seconds, and the 120 mph mark is reached in 13.9 seconds.
Unfortunately, the GP3.10 is not for sale since it has an estimated price of 198,000 Euro. ($272,616) However, most parts are expected to find their way into the regular AC Schnitzer range.
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AC Schnitzter GP3.10 GAS Gallery:
Green Energy with 552 HP und 540 Newton metres
Driving pleasure has been written large at AC Schnitzer for 20 years. And happily, nothing will change for the 62nd IAA. But this goal can be reached in a totally alternative way, as the launch of the superb AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED shows. This high-performance coupÃ© has LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) drive, where power and efficiency, economy and ecology, meet in an exciting study.
As if the extravagant exterior of the project vehicle, based on the current 3-series coupÃ©, were not enough, under the bonnet growls the V10 engine of the current M5/M6 which AC Schnitzer is presenting at the show for the first time in bivalent design: The vehicle has a fully sequential LPG system with two parallel 5-cylinder vaporizers. There”s no loss of power or dynamics. The engine, tuned with a remapped control unit and modified exhaust tract with sports catalyst and exhaust manifold, develops 552 HP/406 kW and produces up to 540 Nm at the crankshaft. In itself, that”s 45 horses more than the M5/M6. But why power this with LPG?
Liquified Petroleum Gas is a sensible alternative to normal petrol fuel, both economically and ecologically, and after corresponding conversion can be burned in almost any petrol engine. Per liter, LPG is not only cheaper than petrol but produces around 15 percent less CO2 from the exhaust. With over 2700 filling stations in Germany alone, fuel supplies are guaranteed everywhere, and the 80 liter gas tank fits on board with the original 60 liter petrol tank. So you can switch between fuels at any time. In any case, acceleration is more than just acceptable. The sprint to 100 km/h takes 4.5 seconds, and the 200 mark is passed after just 13.9 seconds. Only at 320 km/h does the pressure on your back begin to ease. Nimble enough to show the rear lights to many powerful sports cars. Especially when a racing suspension from Aachen provides incredible handling qualities. And to match the power of the acceleration, there”s the brakes on the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED: At the front, 8-pot fixed calliper brakes with perforated and vented discs size 374 x 36 mm, at the rear a 4-pot brake system with 350 x 24 mm discs.
Talking of slowing down: the striking body design will soon bring passers-by to a stop. In conjunction with the mineral green special paintwork, the AC Schnitzer aerodynamic kit is a real eyecatcher. The air intakes on the front wings, with their characteristic chrome ribs, and the rear 60 mm wheelarch extensions, are particularly successful. With the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED, AC Schnitzer has created a feast for all the senses, where the centrally positioned sports rear silencer with its sonorous crescendo takes centre stage acoustically.
The rear styling with its special contours and the rear skirt with integral diffuser, the rear roof wing with carbon centre part, are as aesthetically pleasing as the powerful front skirt with its coarse- mesh sports grille. The latter makes an effective contribution to the breathing of the oxygen- hungry five-liter engine. Equally breathtaking for the spectator is the first sight of the racing rims Type VI.
The latest creation from the Aachen wheel manufacturer combines the classic Y-spoke appearance with five striking hollow spokes and bicolor finish. Naturally these decorative elements are not just available for the AC Schnitzer GP3.10 GAS POWERED. For the moment however the latter is a unique creation not for sale, with an estimated value of 198,000 Euro. But we can still get excited because for sure, numerous components will soon find their way into the regular AC Schnitzer range. Parts of the exciting sports interior can already be ordered for example by customers with a 3-series coupÃ©.
Source: AC Shnitzer
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