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AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer Automobile Technik is a third party tuning company based in Aachen, Germany specializing in BMW and MINI cars, as well as BMW motorcycles.

Founded in 1967, Schnitzer has headquarters in Aachen (licence plate code AC). The firm has common roots with Schnitzer Motorsport, but is a completely independent concern both commercially and legally. AC Schnitzer is part of the Kohl Group, which also counts Steinmetz as one of its associates.

Brands and products

AC Schnitzer was established in 1987. Its range includes tuning for BMW motor vehicles and also motorcycle arm and the Mini and Land Rover makes. The range includes individual components such as chassis, custom exhaust systems and light-alloy wheels, as well as complete vehicles and performance tuning for petrol and diesel engines. Most accessories can be obtained via official channels through BMW dealers.

AC Schnitzer components are obtainable via exclusive importers in more than 50 countries worldwide. In addition to its customizing business with 55 employees, the firm’s new buildings in Aachen are home to several car firms, boutiques and a luxury restaurant.


The core products offered by AC Schnitzer include chassis components, which receive final tuning on the Nürburgring. A primary focal point is also comfort. As well as chassis components, the firm also produces light-alloy wheels up to size 22 inch.

AC Schnitzer Tension

AC Schnitzer Tension

Other products include aerodynamic components. Here the focus is not only on appearance but also on driving safety, by reducing lift, for example.

AC Schnitzer also makes products for vehicle interiors using materials such as aluminium, leather or carbon fibre. The product range includes control elements such as steering wheels, pedals and hand-brake levers, or interior mouldings and cladding, as well as exclusive customer requirements.