Mentalist BMW tuner AC Schnitzer has recently been making headlines by squeezing immensely powerful diesel engines into the Z4 and 1-Series. Those were pretty bonkers, but ACS has gone completely mad with its latest creation, the 2-Series coupe-based ACL2.

With big wheelarches, splitters, winglets, diffuser and a huge rear spoiler, the AC Schnitzer 2-Series looks exactly like an old school DTM touring car racer. And, because ACS is a race team, it probably all does make an appreciable difference to the car’s aero.

Technical details are sketchy at this point – they won’t be revealed but the ACL2 debuts at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But it has been announced that the engine produces 562bhp, which is a lot in a car as small as the 2-Series.

The ACL2 is believed to be based on the M235i, which has a single-turbo, 3.0-litre straight-six motor. But the under-bonnet image here suggests it actually uses the similarly-sized twin-turbo unit from the M3/M4. Drive goes to the rear wheels through a manual gearbox, which makes us very happy.

The AC Schnitzer SCL2’s pumped-up, race car-like styling won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think we can all get on board with the power.

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By Only Motors