A Family Cruiser in a Sports Jacket
The station wagon is heavily underrated. Well, at least in the US.
Due to the ongoing SUV craze, of which there is no end in sight, even car companies such as Bentley, Rolls Royce and Lamborghini have finally recognized the endless opportunities with entering the sports utility segment. Who can blame them? Numbers show these things sell like hot cakes.
Still – many seem to think that station wagons have since been overhauled by what most of us deem to be the natural evolution of things. I respectfully disagree.
A station wagon has less space but is superior to the SUV in almost every other [automotive] way that holds significance for those who love to drive; lower center of gravity, better aerodynamics, and more fuel efficiency are some that come to mind.
But even better than a regular station wagon is a sporty, lowered, IMPROVED version of itself. A modified variant made for that family man or woman who has no desire to choose sportiness and have to settle for less comfort and versatility at the same time. Some are rarer than others, but for those of you who don’t know who AC Schnitzer is, you are forgiven. They don’t tend to be as available as say an “M” car or an “ALPINA” from BMW. For obvious reasons, of course. They are not owned by the manufacturers they tune/modify so they are a bit of an oddity or a rarity. You have to be an enthusiast and “in-the-know” to even begin to understand the value of these.
The BMW 3-series. Arguably one of the best mid-sized driver cars of all time has had a station wagon variant since the E30 (second) generation was introduced in the late 80’s. It has only gotten better with each iteration but there is always room for a little extra.
Depending on which package you opt for, horsepower can increase by almost 16%. Performance upgrades for the 320i with 135 kW/184 HP, for the 330i/xDrive with 190 kW/258 HP, for the M340i xDrive with 275 kW/374 HP are in preparation. The output of the 330d/xDrive with 195 kW/265 HP will be increased to 231 kW/315 HP and 660 Nm.
AC Schnitzer presents a more enhanced acoustic solution. The AC Schnitzer sports rear silencer (for 320i, 330i, M340i) with 2 exhaust tailpipes each in right/left combination with "Sport Carbon", "Sport Chrome" or "Sport Black" tailpipes (4 pieces) is in preparation and already available for the 320i and 330i. The AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit also achieves a lowering of 25 mm over the standard suspension. These visual components compliment the superior sound.
One of the most "cleanly" designed modifications
In addition, AC Schnitzer also offers various options for wheel sets: Starting with AC1 Light Alloy Wheels Bicolor or Anthracite in 8.5J x 19" with 225/40 R 19 tires up to 20-inch size and mixed tires in 225/35 R 20 front and 255/30 R30 rear.
Not enough? Not impressed yet? Then let these pictures speak for themselves. C’mon – who doesn’t love a family with a sense of style?