Along with the BMW 6 Series Coupe, AC Schnitzer brings their tuned up 1 Series to the 2011 Essen Motor Show. The ACS1 model was unveiled earlier this week and showcases the first step in their tuning program for the popular hatchback. At the front, the 1 Series features a sportier look thanks to the redesigned front spoiler, a rear roof spoiler, a racing tailpipe trim and alloy wheels in 18 or 19 inches. For a more sporty driving performance, AC Schnitzer offers an optional spring kit. The AC Schnitzer performance upgrades take the standard 118d from 143 to 171 horsepower, and the 120d from 184 to 210 horsepower.

Inside, the tuner brings their usual upgrades: aluminium “Black Line” gear knob, a gear knob with digital gear display, or an illuminated leather gear knob are available for the discerning BMW customer.

And that’s not all: the AC Schnitzer “Black Line” aluminium cover for the i-Drive system controller, aluminium handbrake handle with chrome details or fully in “Black Line”, aluminium foot rest and pedal set, and velours floor mats offer plenty of scope for customizing the interior.

There’s a similarly wide choice when it comes to filling the wheelarches in the 1 Series by AC Schnitzer. These can be customized – with corresponding tires – with the Type VIII forged alloys in BiColor, Type VIII rims in BiColor in 19 inch, or Type IV wheels in silver or BiColor in 18 and 19 inch.

See below the live photos from Essen!