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Racing Inspired Coupe Just Got a Little Sassier

By opting to add the Competition Package to the new BMW M4 Coupe, drivers get a little more horsepower but a much-enhanced suspension setup that enables the sporty luxury ride to decrease track times. “Car and Driver” magazine editors note that the increase of 19 horsepower to a total of 444 isn’t really that noticeable. It’s the improvement to the chassis setup that makes the package worth the extra $5K. Even though the M4 is the result of the BMW racing team getting their hands on a regular 4-Series Coupe, the Competition Package takes the already firm suspension and upgrades it with stiffer rear axle springs, anti-roll bars that are twist resistant, and upgraded dampers. Even the software for the driver select modes is changed, in effect upgrading each selection to a sportier alternative. What the normal M4 selects as Comfort mode is now the Sport selection in the car with the Competition Package. To find the BMW that’s right for you, check out the entire inventory at Chapman BMW.

Beefed Up Suspension at Home on Track or Road

Whether you’re crossing the mountains on the way to San Diego or rent some time at a local track, you’ll find the Competition Package suspension enhances your driving experience. The upgraded dampers help smooth out the bumps on normal workday roads when you put the car on Comfort setting. Twist it to Sport Plus and it may be a bit rough for your daily commute, but you’ll really notice the distance in the lack of understeer and drift on the track. “The steering feels crisper and delivers more feedback at road speeds while remaining equally faithful at higher loadings,” according to “Car and Driver.” “Apply some cost-benefit analysis, and the Competition Package scores a resounding ‘yes,’ adding more than enough edge to justify the increase in price for most of those who would pick a BMW M4.”

M Designation Available in Seven Different Models

BMW likes to say “M is the most powerful letter in the world,” with the understanding that the M designation means a BMW coupe, sedan, convertible or SUV has been upgraded with technology and performance that was learned on the toughest race courses in the world. All the 2-Series through 6-Series models have an M-enhanced model available, as does the X-5 and X-6 SUVs. If you’d like to put a little more excitement in your life, take the time to swing by Chapman BMW and take an M model out on the road.

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Enjoy the ‘Ultimate Riding Machine’

Although BMWs are known for their performance handling and sporty driving experience, there are times when a driver just wants to sit back, turn up the tunes and enjoy the ride. For those drivers, there is the BMW 740i. The flagship sedan from the Bavarian automaker delivers the ultimate in comfort with a cushy ride, comfortable seat, responsive handling and plenty of electronic gizmos to help the time pass by. As BMW continues to take steps toward a self-driving vehicle, the BMW 740i utilizes sensor-driven safety features such as adaptive cruise control and lane drift assist to help drivers avoid collisions. See all the BMW 7-Series inventory by taking a trip to Chapman BMW.

7-Series “Intuitive Intelligence” Keeps You in Control

With Gesture Control steering the iDrive 5.0 infotainment system, a simple touch, swipe or movement of your hand lets you switch from navigation to music to handsfree communication while leaving your eyes constantly on the road. The large touch screen and center control panel puts you at the center of your own sophisticated universe, where replying to a text or changing to your favorite artist is as easy as waving goodbye to a friend. As long as we’re discussing the inner workings of the 7-Series, this is one car where the back seat takes a back seat to know one. Rich, supple leather reclining seats mean you may want the driver to take another spin around the block before you exit the vehicle. Road trip? No problem as individual available LED monitors play your favorite movies or TV shows at the touch of a button. Dual moon roofs let the sunshine or night sky in, or shut the panels and enjoy the rich cloth headliner.

This Beast Has Some Get Up and Go

There are probably times when you need to punch it just a bit to get the old juices flowing, like when you have to beat a 16-wheeler for a freeway merge, want to pass someone in a dicey situation or simply want to beat that kid in the sports car off the line. With a 445 horsepower TwinPower Turbo V8, the 7-Series has plenty of pop to get you where you want to be. The use of carbon fiber cuts a lot of weight out of the vehicle while still maintaining plenty of structure. The result of the power and weight loss is a stunning 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.3 seconds.

Packages Add Tons of Features

The BMW 7-Series starts with a load of standard features, but there are many different packages to help up the ante on this marvelous touring sedan. Choose the Driver Assistance Plus package and you get a slew of sensor-based driver assistance features. The Interior Design package adds some more wood trim and upgraded headliner, while the Luxury Seating package adds heated seats and rear massage seats. Look over the 7-Series inventory at Chapman BMW and pick the vehicle that best suits your needs.

Drop Your Top in a 4-Series Convertible

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Put Top Up or Down in Just 20 Seconds

If you’ve considered buying a convertible but didn’t want the hassle of having to pull over and put the top up if confronted with a sudden rain storm, consider the easy transitioning hard top that comes with the BMW 4-Series Convertible. This hard top goes up or down in just 20 seconds at the push of a button, even if you’re moving as fast as 11 mph. That means all you need is a well timed stoplight or a quick turn through a parking lot to make your top nice and secure. Unlike canvas convertible tops, the hard top also offers sound reduction and integrated lighting to make the drop top seem like a conventional coupe. Check out the 4-Series convertible by visiting Chapman BMW.

No Body Flexing in This Convertible

Although traditional convertibles give the open air feeling of sportiness, in fact most of them don’t handle as well as a hardtop coupe. The BMW 4-Series Convertible has a wide track, long wheelbase and lower ride height to help it grip the road and provide a dynamic driving experience. A special suspension setup brings the center of gravity down even further and BMW’s commitment to 50/50 weight distribution means your 4-Series Convertible offers the benefits of the company’s experience on the European racing circuit.

Some of the Features You Can Expect From a Beemer

Do you like riding with the top down in the spring or fall, even when it’s still a bit chilly out? BMW has neck warmers in the headrests of the front seat to bathe you with warm air as you tool about the countryside. You’ll need some tunes as you drive and you’ll want to stay connected to the outside world, so BMW ConnectedDrive provides navigation, real time traffic information, Bluetooth streaming and hands free connection to your smart phone. Choose the Luxury Package and your 4-Series becomes even more special, with a choice of soft leathers, contrasting stitching and gorgeous wood trim.

Twin Turbo Provides Plenty of Pop

The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine comes standard in the 428i convertible, providing 240 horsepower and 255 pound feet of torque that launches you from the starting line like a bottle rocket. Move up to the 435i and you get a turbocharged six cylinder that has all but eliminated turbo lag. Test drive both models for yourself by taking a trip to Chapman BMW.

BMW Test Drives Benefit Charity

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‘Drive for a Cause’ Donates Funds

For every test drive you take from now through September at Chapman BMW and other company dealerships, BMW of North America will make a donation to either Team USA or a local charity. “Drive for a Cause is more than a summer sales initiative – it’s a meaningful part of what we do to support Team USA and other important local charitable endeavors,” according to BMW VP of marketing Trudy Hardy. “Any time you can get people behind the wheel of a BMW while simultaneously generating attention and raising money for worthy charities, it’s a win-win.”

BMW Sets Goal of $1.5 Million

Whether it goes to support the athletes training for the Olympics, Paralympics or a local charity, BMW North America has a goal of raising $1.5 million through “Drive for a Cause.” Check in with the pros at your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW, to see when they are hosting a special event to pit all the BMW models up against the competition. This way you can have a clear comparison as to why the German automaker is completely in its own league. There is no commitment to buy anything. Your test drive alone is enough to ensure that BMW donates to charity. Go to the Drive for a Cause website to register for the event.

BMW Genius Offers Product Assistance

One of the reasons that people remain loyal to the BMW brand is the company’s charitable endeavors. Another is the way that BMW goes out of its way to make owning one of the finest driving machines in the world an enjoyable experience. The new BMW Genius program is a concerted effort to make sure BMW owners get all their questions answered in a timely fashion. From knowledgeable product experts at dealerships like Chapman BMW, to a new Genius App that provides how-to videos about how to work all the features of your new car, the Genius program is geared to make ownership easy. A Genius hotline is available at 1-844-4GENIUS six days a week to answer all your questions.

BMW Encore the Final Step to Product Education

BMW realizes that modern vehicles can be an exercise in technological frustration. Although each dealership takes pains to go over all the features upon delivery, it is a lot of information to absorb all at once. So, when you forget how to set your clock or reset your trip odometer, that’s all information that can be gone over again in your BMW Encore appointment. Once you’ve had some time to familiarize yourself with the car, all you need to do is call for an Encore appointment with your list of questions and the experts will take as much time as necessary to make sure you and your Beemer can function as one.

iNEXT Self-Driving Car Coming by 2021

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What’s Next? BMW Chief Say iNEXT

Harald Krueger, CEO of Bavarian Motor Works, told investors at a recent shareholder meeting that the company will have a self-driving car by 2021. Called the BMW iNEXT, the luxury vehicle will continue the “i” brand as the first vehicle that can go from Point A to Point B without a driver. Kreuger said the car is “our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior, and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.” Head to Chapman BMW and you can test drive the i3 and i8, an electric and hybrid vehicle that are proving the technology for years to come.

Next Step is to Update i8

As BMW works through the progression towards creating a self-driving vehicle, the next step will be to increase the range and lower the weight of the i8, as well as add an open-air roadster configuration for 2018. The i8 unleashes the power of a twin turbo gas engine and electric motor combined, taking you from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph, which is aided by the aerodynamic design of the body and a rear wing that provides significant downforce to help you hold the road. The engine and transmission work in conjunction with a design tested to minimize drag to deliver up to 76 MPGe fuel efficiency with a total range of 330 miles.

Sustainable Materials Part of i3 Build

The BMW i3 electric vehicle is a testament to engineering and design, with the interior consisting of more than 25 percent of natural sustainable resources. From the open pore wood dashboard to the olive leaf leather, the i3 cockpit is about as green as you can get while still providing a luxurious, sophisticated feel. Extensive use of carbon fiber in the shell of the i3 makes it one of the lightest cars on the road, yet still one of the strongest. The navigation system in the i3 is a precursor to the one that will eventually make self-driving cars a reality. The Range Assistant takes not only your route into account, but also your battery level, the way you drive, how many hills are between you and your destination and the amount of traffic before deciding on the best route. See just how far technology has become by checking out both the i3 and i8 at Chapman BMW.