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Whether you are the driver of a brand new BMW or you have been driving your vehicle for a few years now, it is important to get the most out of your gas mileage. With gas prices that fluctuate constantly, it can be difficult to keep track of fuel costs. With just a few changes to your driving habits and a little more focus on your vehicle’s maintenance, you can convert your BMW into a more fuel efficient, money saving machine!
Many drivers may not know that they could be driving a vehicle with one or more incorrectly inflated tires. Under inflated tires run at an increased temperature and have more rolling resistance, thus, using more fuel. An over inflated tire has the tendency to wear unevenly, which could also hinder the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. A surprising amount of fuel is wasted every year as a result of tire pressure inconsistencies.
Even if your BMW has a built in tire-pressure monitoring system, it is still important to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Pressure can be checked using a tire pressure gauge. Make sure your vehicle has been sitting for a couple hours. Double check the owner’s manual for the proper level of tire pressure for your specific model. Have further questions about checking the tire pressure? Contact our professionals at Chapman BMW for additional information.
Whenever possible, adjust your driving habits to contribute to better fuel efficiency. It is important to use the gas pedal correctly. A surprising amount of drivers are on and off the throttle constantly. By maintaining a consistent gas pedal pressure when possible, you can save on fuel costs for your BMW. Avoid pushing down on the throttle too quickly when taking off as well. Practice accelerating smoothly and gradually to decrease the amount of gas output.
Another great habit is to look ahead and pay attention to what is happening in front of you. Fuel efficient drivers constantly look ahead to anticipate their surroundings. If you notice that a car is stopped or turning in front of you, check that it is clear, and switch to another lane. Therefore, you eliminate the need to slow down to a stop. When a light turns red, attempt to coast forward instead of using the gas all the way until you stop. Your vehicle uses up more gas to start from a dead stop. Coasting to a red light may give you the opportunity to time it perfectly to arrive at a green light, preventing you from ever needing to fully stop your car.
By paying attention to your driving and keeping up with your tire pressure, you can potentially squeeze 10 percent more fuel economy out of your BMW. Have questions or concerns about your BMW’s fuel saving potential? Contact Phoenix BMW today!
Sleek and classy, the BMW i8 brings it all as the second in BMW’s “i” series of alternative-power and electrified vehicles. With the breathtaking appeal of a “what-if” concept car, the BMW i8 stands out with it’s stunning appearance and thrilling acceleration with minimal fuel usage. The i8 is a high-performance machine with better fuel efficiency than a family sedan. At Chapman BMW, the i8 is ready to revolutionize its class with innovative architecture and an efficient design that ceases to disappoint its drivers.
So how does this gorgeous vehicle work? Quite impressive for a sports car, electricity drives the front wheels while gasoline runs the rear wheels. The i8’s premier computer system tells the two when to work together and when to run alone. The result: impressive acceleration with an economy class mpg. With a 1.5 liter three-cylinder based engine, the BMW i8 offers 228 HP with nearly 236 lbs.-ft of torque providing its driver with an exciting driving experience. The only thing slowing this head-turning i8 down will be the many onlookers wanting to get a closer look!
Prepared to be impressed further? The BMW i8 includes a plug-in aspect that allows you to charge the lithium-ion battery providing it’s driver with an electric-only range of 14 miles. When running in electric-only mode, the i8 has a top speed of 75 mph. It’s full recharge time takes a mere 1.5 hours. The i8’s electric and gas combination offers an astonishing 76 mpg-equivalent in combined city/highway use.
As if the functionality wasn’t impressive enough, the i8’s appearance captures its own share of attention. The hybrid coupe hosts gull-wing doors on a lightweight carbon-fiber body. It’s sleek and attractive style can be upgraded by a collection of cosmetic and trim options, furthering the i8’s capability of perfectly fitting your preferences. The i8 weighs a solid 3,455 lbs and is capable of transporting 620 lbs of people, accessories or cargo. With 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the BMW i8 offers logical spacing for a vehicle of this caliber.
If you are craving sleek gorgeousness with a sensational driving experience, the BMW i8 in Phoenix is right up your alley. It’s concept car appeal and impressive functionality are the perfect combination for a high-performance vehicle. Want to make your dream car a reality? Ready to turn heads everywhere you go? Contact our team at Chapman BMW to inquire about the new BMW i8 today!
When the BMW i8 debuted in August, it heralded the arrival of a technological supercar. From the shark-nose front end to the swanky interior to the combination of energy-efficient engines that create Zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds excitement, the BMW i8 is as powerful as it is fascinating to look at. It’s loaded with high tech to match, but at Chapman BMW, that high tech also is available across the BMW model line as well.
Head Up Display
Take the i8’s full-color Head Up Display (HUD). This nifty feature includes essential driving information such as current speed, navigation and collision warnings projected on to the windshield within the direct line of sight. This impressive feature allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road while monitoring important vehicle information. Want this cool tech feature? You’ll find it as part of the Technology Package, available on all BMW vehicles. The Driver Assistance and Driver Assistance Plus packages add more available information to the HUD system.
Surround View Camera System
BMW vehicles have long-used cameras to help drivers safely back up. The i8 uses the innovative Surround View Camera System, which allows the driver to have a 360-degree view of their surroundings and video images of approaching traffic. This system uses cameras built in to the front, rear and sides of the i8 and streams the video and images on to the infotainment display. While standard on the i8, the Surround View Camera System is available as part of the Driver Assistance Plus Package.
BMW Night Vision
One of the most impressive tech standards on the i8 is Night Vision. While you probably won’t see a deer crossing the road in your BMW i8 in Phoenix, this system uses state-of-the-art infrared technology combined with black and white imaging to see things before they are visible to the naked eye. Using a thermal imaging camera mounted in the lower air dam, Night Vision recognizes people, animals and objects based upon the heat they emit. The warmer the object, the brighter it illuminates on the iDrive display monitor. The Pedestrian Detection feature recognizes and indicates individual pedestrians on or near the roadway at a range of up to 330 feet. The system only works during night hours, and the temperatures must be cooler than 95-degrees Fahrenheit. BMW Night Vision and Pedestrian Detection is available as a stand-alone option on the 5-Series, 6-Series, X5 and X6 models, as well as the M5 and M6 models.
Adaptive LED Headlights
In addition to being extremely energy-efficient, the BMW i8’s Adaptive LED Headlights turn as the steering wheel is turned, providing optimal road illumination in every condition. The technology also makes traffic signs and other objects on the road easier to see, as well as reduces eye strain while driving at night. The Selective Beam feature automatically controls the high beams to avoid blinding other drivers. This technology is a featured option in the Lighting Package, available on the 5- and 6-Series vehicles, as well as part of the Executive Package on the M5 and M6 vehicles.
To explore the i8 technology across the BMW product line and view our complete inventory, visit us online at www.chapmanbmw.com.
Luxury, power and superior craftsmanship. The 2015 BMW 328i at Chapman BMW is a standout in the luxury sedan market, deftly beating the Lexus IS 250, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-300 across the board.
The 2015 BMW 328i, powered by a TwinTurbo engine that makes 255 lb-ft of torque at just 1250 rpm is also fuel efficient: It makes an estimated 35mpg on the highway, compared to the less-than-robust 27mpg the Mercedes achieves, or the 32-mpg of the Audi A4. And the Lexus IS 250? Its puny 185hp is no match for the BMW.
Standard safety features on the BMW 328i include Xenon Adaptive Headlights, Active Blind Spot Detection and a rear-wheel drive system that grips the road when you need it most. The heads-up display is standard, as is Automatic Climate Control and Full Speech Recognition. What’s that, C300? You don’t understand? Oh. You don’t have full speech recognition. That’s an “available upgrade.” And not even available on the Audi A4 or the Lexus IS 250.
The 2015 BMW 328i has all the refinements you would expect of a precision German automobile. Comfort Access, the standard keyless entry system, allows key fob holders to open the trunk when in proximity to it. And the BMW 328i includes as standard real leather seats, instead of those pretend, faux “NuLuxe” seating surfaces of the 2015 Lexus IS 250. Because luxury is standard on the BMW, but only an upgrade on the Lexus IS 250, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-300. So choose the Luxury Standard. Choose the 2015 BMW 328i.
Summer is here. That means its time to head to your local Chapman BMW dealer to ask about adding summer performance tires to your vehicle.
What are summer performance tires? Why would you need them? Well let’s tackle this one question at a time.
First, what are summer performance tires?
Summer tires, also known as performance tires, are made from a softer kind of “sticky” rubber that does a better job of gripping the road, which improves the performance of the vehicle such as handling, braking and acceleration. The tread of these tires is compiled of large tread blocks with high lateral stiffness. They also expel water from wide circumferential grooves. The rubber is made and calibrated to handle warmer weather but is not effective in conditions like snow and ice.
Next, why would you need them?
With summer officially underway and extreme heat upon us, asphalt becomes slicker. Having summer performance tires will help provide proper traction and grip for your vehicle, whether the temperature is extremely hot or the roads are wet from the latest monsoon storm.
“Summer tires offer better dry and wet grip than all-season tires,” said Mike Markoff, from Goodyear’s high performance tires division, according to Autoguide.com. “They are designed to maximize grip [in warm temperatures], thus trading off cold weather performance.”
Your Chapman Phoenix BMW dealer service advisors can help you select the proper performance tire for your vehicle, taking the hassle and guesswork out of choosing the right kind. They also can help you find BMW parts and accessories to match your lifestyle needs as well. Stop by today or visit www.chapmanbmw.com/parts for more information.