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4-Series Bringing Sexy Back

Although it shares a platform with BMW’s best selling 3-Series, the 4-Series offers more horsepower and better driving dynamics, or what some people would call love on four wheels. The BMW 4-Series is a luxurious driving machine that comes in three different body styles, the convertible, coupe and Gran Coupe hatchback. The M4 comes from the BMW Motorsports division and includes suspension and engine tuning derived from years on the racetrack. All models are outfitted with standard safety equipment including multiple airbags and driver assistance features that use sensors to help avoid collisions. See the entire 4-Series inventory with a trip to Chapman BMW.

Motor Trend Likes ‘Surefootedness’

Popular consumer publication “Motor Trend” loves the driving dynamics of the BMW 4-Series, pointing out that it is lower and wider than the 3-Series counterpart. The result is an agile, surefooted vehicle that delivers plenty of power, whether you’re trying to pass a truck on a mountain incline or just feeling your oats on a run through some tight turns. Motor Trend says that even when outfitted with the 240 four-cylinder turbo engine, the 4-Series has plenty of pop and loads of low and mid-range torque. Move up to the M4 and power is not a problem. This miniscule beast delivers 425 horses and a spine-snapping 406 pound feet of torque. There is also a turbocharged I-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower. Although the suspension is more tuned for the track, Motor Trend editors say that it also delivers a comfortable ride out on the highway.

Technology Improves 4-Series Efficiency

The engineers at BMW are never happy with good enough. They not only want to produce a high-performance luxury car, but they also want it to be efficient on fuel. Little touches like air breathers that rest behind the front wheels help lessen drag and improve mileage. The 428i model gets up to 35 mpg on the highway, while the 435i scores 32 mpg. High precision direct injection and valvetronic technology help contribute to the combination of power and great gas mileage.

Lower That Top in Just 20 Seconds

The BMW 4-Series Convertible takes just 20 seconds to raise or lower, even at speeds of up to 11 mph. It’s one fluid motion to let the sunshine in or keep the rain out, allowing you to make the most out of your driving experience. See the sexy convertible and other 4-Series choices with a trip to Chapman BMW.

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Download App to Help Solve Transportation Problems

BMW ConnectedDrive Customers can now download the “BMW Connected North America” app to help provide solutions to transportation issues. This highly personalized digital service integrates your vehicle into other aspects of your personal life. By monitoring traffic conditions and learning your typical travel times, BMW Connected can help keep you on schedule with departure notification times. It can also send pre-formatted text messages to family members, friends and acquaintances, notifying them of your expected arrival time. Go talk to the pros at your Phoenix BMW dealer, Chapman BMW about all the ways BMW Connected can make your travel life easier.

Add Points of Interest to Your Profile

The BMW Connected app provides a profile where you can store your common destinations and points of interest so they can be recalled at a moment’s notice. Your BMW Connected app learns your tendencies as you spend time together, making each trip easier than the last. The app seamlessly integrates with vehicles equipped with ConnectedDrive. Along with planning routes and detailing arrival times, you can also lock and unlock your doors, flash the lights and get the air conditioning started. If you have a plug-in hybrid, the app also details important vehicle information like charge state and hybrid range.

Open Mobility Cloud Melds Customer Services

BMW Connect is part of the company’s open mobility cloud, that continuously processes environment, services and touchpoint information to address consumer mobility requirements. This state-of-the art technology works in the background to deliver personalized and necessary service as a customer requires them. Working on the Microsoft Azure platform, the open mobility cloud is open to other developers who want to include new and innovative applications that will improve transportation in the 21st century.

BMW Connected Another Solution to Urban Clog

The open mobility cloud and use of applications like BMW Connected are all part of the solution BMW is working on to help solve the transportation problems of the future. Technology that includes driver assistance features are the stepping stones toward autonomous driving vehicles, which are key to resolving stifling gridlock predicted for the future. Features like lane change assist, adaptive cruise control and blind sport monitoring are just the beginning of a movement that will one day have cars communicating with one another to keep traffic flowing. See all the new technology that is leading the fight toward ease of movement by stopping in at Chapman BMW, your Phoenix BMW dealer.

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Twin Turbochargers Just Tip of Technological Iceberg

Although the twin turbochargers on the 4.4-liter 8-cylinder ALPINA B7 engine are responsible for a lot of the performance from this luxury sedan, the newest BMW model is the result of a complex arrangement of technology and style. Along with the turbochargers forcing air into the cylinders, an intercooler and high-performance cooling system keep the engine temperatures down under stressful conditions. The ALPINA air intake system is designed to achieve maximum airflow, both providing oxygen to combine with the fuel and to let heat escape. The overall result is an engine that produces 600 horsepower and 590 foot pounds of torque, more than enough to have a little fun on a weekend run through the mountains. You can see the new ALPINA when you check out the BMW inventory at Chapman BMW this fall.

Advanced Suspension Delivers Range of Driving Experiences

Whether you want cruising comfort on long road trips or need to minimize body roll when putting the car through its paces on some hairpin turns, the ALPINA B7 provides drivers the ability to select a suspension setup. The Driving Dynamics Control ranges from Comfort to Sport, automatically adjusting the shocks, air suspension and a variety of other features that change the ALPINA from a luxury ride to a sports machine. The air suspension system combines with damper control and a road preview system to provide the ultimate ride. Active roll stabilization technology limits the shift of weight during cornering, otherwise known as body roll. Ride height can be changed as appropriate up to 1.6 inches. Rear wheel steering gives a feeling of control usually only associated with true sports cars.

xDrive All Wheel Power Grants Maximum Control

The “x” in xDrive stands for “all-wheel,” meaning your new BMW B7 ALPINA automatically delivers power to the wheel that needs it the most. That makes it very difficult to skid out of control. The xDrive combines with the Dynamic Stability Control to increase agility and performance, providing the best possible driving experience. Optimum traction at all times reduces wheel slippage, making the new B7 a great vehicle for winter driving.

ALPINA Design a True Work of Art

Take one look at the new ALPINA and it’s evident the designers have stayed true to the heritage of BMW. From the classic twin kidney grill, the long hood slopes sharply up toward the windshield. Wrap-around headlights create the illusion of movement that sweeps sharply through the sculpted sides. The aerodynamic drop of the rear window not only adds to the downward force needed for handling, but also waves a cheerful goodbye to all those you leave in your dust. When you look over the BMW inventory at Chapman BMW this fall, take some time to appreciate the technological marvel that is the new ALPINA.

Competition Package Ups Ante for M3 and M4

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Perfect Driving Machines Just Got Better

Starting this spring, the M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible are being offered with an optional competition package that not only provides a sportier look, but also improves power and handling. The result is overall improved performance in these dynamic sports cars, cutting tenths of a second off the time from 0 to 60 miles per hour. The package includes features like Active M suspension, which is tuned for the ultimate in handling and performance. New dampers, anti-roll bars and springs add to the configuration. The Comfort, Sport and Sport+ driving modes have also been reconfigured to be a little more aggressive. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW to see when the new BMW M-Series will be arriving in the showroom.

Interior, Exterior Dressed for Function and Beauty

The new lightweight seats that come with the competition package are not only beautiful with a woven-in BMW M stripe, but the lack of bulk also helps improve the vehicle’s performance. Molded bolsters provide additional support for runs on the track or when you put the vehicle through a twisting road run. A new dual exhaust system with chrome tips not only looks great, but provides a guttural roar that announces your arrival or departure with enthusiasm. A high gloss black finish on the exterior trim and iconic BMW kidney grille, side gills and badging complete the additional touches on the exterior.

BMW M Class Built for White Knuckle Thrills

By utilizing knowledge gained from decades on the European racing circuit, engineers created the BMW M-Series to inspire both thrills and a touch of fear into the heart of drivers and passengers alike. By using lightweight materials like carbon fiber throughout, BMW makes M-Series vehicles both light and tough to get the best performance without threatening the safety of the occupants. With a lightweight twin turbo engine delivering anywhere from 425 to 600 horsepower, taking a ride in an M Class ensures you’ll push the boundaries of good sense from time to time.

Are These Things Street Legal?

The short answer is yes, they are both legal and a heck of a lot of fun to drive. Unique innovations like a built-in lap timing app help you improve your ability on closed tracks. GoPro cameras let you film those laps and then play them back on your iDrive. If you like, BMW even offers a performance driving school where you’ll learn how to properly corner, drift, and a slew of other handy tips known only to professional race drivers. The first step is to test drive an M Series, which you can do at Chapman BMW.

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Built on Experience From Race Track

When any BMW model comes with an “M” following the series name, you know it’s a vehicle built for excitement and performance. Advanced racing engineering is the heart and soul of every M model, whether it’s a sedan, coupe or sport utility vehicle. BMW M-Series models are built with an eye toward racing, from the use of strong, lightweight carbon fiber to the finely-tuned twin turbo engines that deliver anywhere from 425 to 600 horsepower. Swing by Chapman BMW  to experience the excitement of M engineering for yourself.

Performance Driving School Delivers Thrills

To learn how to safely get the most out of your new BMW M-Series model, consider attending one of BMW’s performance driving school sessions. You have your choice of a one or two day school that helps hone your reaction times, learn how and when to apply power and get schooled on advanced driving techniques. Master one of the M School classes and you can move up to Advanced M School, where you’ll learn how to harness 560 horses at one of the country’s most famous race tracks. This school covers cornering, downshifting, drifting and concludes with a track race where you can put your schooling to the test. If you’d like a more leisurely learning experience, consider BMW’s Golf and Driving Program. First you’ll take to the track to hone your racing skills, then you go and tee it up at a popular country club like the Cliffs at Keowee Springs. For more information on the BMW Performance School, click here.

New M3 Continues the Legend of Performance

The latest M3 sedan continues the iconic tradition started with the E30 M3, but this isn’t your grandfather’s racing sedan. There’s a noticeable weight loss from the last version of this popular four-door sports car due to the use of carbon fiber. Balance in all things is a key to a well-handling race car, and the return to an inline 6-cylinder engine helps provide even weight distribution. The twin turbochargers provided more than 100 more foot pounds of torque than last year’s M3, or enough to meld your spine with the luxurious interior. Choose the M carbon ceramic brakes and you’ll have six pistons of stopping power instead of the usual four. From the sensuous lines of the body to the high class materials of the interior, this is a car built for racing and comfort.

Step Up to the M6 for Sporty Sophistication

If you’re looking for a sedan that combines roominess, handling, power and sophistication, you need look no farther than BMW’s M6. With 560 horses bridled under the hood, all it takes is a tweak of the accelerator to come up to highway speed. The aerodynamic styling provides a stunning visual whether the car is sitting still or flying through a mountain pass. A rigid rear axle is bolted to the body to provide ultimate control and eliminate fish tailing. Experience the roar of the quad bank exhaust system by taking a test drive at Chapman BMW.