The firm also adds new 21-inch forged wheels that look great.
Deliveries of the BMW i8 Roadster are just beginning, and if buyers want to give their new hybrid sports car a meaner look then AC Schnitzer is ready to accommodate them. The German firm has launched a new line of accessories for the model that includes a bodykit. lightweight wheels, and suspension setup.
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AC Schnitzer parts overhaul the i8 Roadster's exterior with carbon fibre enhancements. The revised front features kidney grille covers, in addition to a new fascia with prominent vertical splitters, corner fins, and canards. At the side, owners can add sill extensions, mirror caps, and door pull covers. A rear diffuser is also among the available parts, and buyers can pick a new rear wing, too.
Inside, AC Schnitzer has a few trim pieces that dress up the cabin. Aluminium pieces cover the pedals, footrest, and iDrive controller. There are also available velour floor mats.
The tuning company also offers a set of five-spoke forged wheels that are available in a two-tone or anthracite finish. They measure 8.5-inches wide in front and 9.5 inches at the rear, and they have a 21-inch diameter at both ends. The larger wheels weigh 4.4 kilograms less than BMW's stock 20-inch Turbine design wheels. However, there's absolutely no difference when you factor in their weight with the tyres on them. The larger contact patch should yield a little more grip, though.
AC Schnitzer also has a revised spring kit for the i8 Roadster. The new pieces lower the ride height by between 20 - 25 millimetres at the front and rear, versus the standard setup.
The tuner's upgrades don't address the i8 Roadster's powertrain. The hybrid layout still produces a combined 369 horsepower, and it can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. BMW limits the top speed to 155 mph.