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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.
Flagship Luxury Sedan Celebrates History
With only 100 models available worldwide and just 5 coming to the United States, you should check in now with the pros at Chapman BMW to see about securing a “BMW Individual 7 Series The Next 100 Years” model. This variant on the popular flagship luxury sedan is based on the M760i xDrive V12. With 610 horsepower backed by an industry-leading combination of agility, comfort and luxury, this limited edition is sure to become a collector’s item. By paying attention to the smallest details, the new 100 Year model is an uncompromising blend of technology and craftsmanship.
V12 Engine Steeped in History
The engine powering the centennial BMW 7-Series model pays homage to the first 12-cylinder engine ever created in the post World War II era. It was 1987 when German engineers produced the monstrous motor, the first ever to incorporate a wire throttle. The new 6.6L V12 is outfitted with Twin Turbo technology pioneered in BMW’s M racing division. With 610 horsepower, it propels the large sedan to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, an astonishing time for a large luxury car.
Interior a Pure Work of Art
From the Smoke White Merino leather seats with black adornments to the leather covered console and armrests, the interior of the centennial 7-Series is as much art as it is an automotive cockpit. The leather was selected for its open-pore breathability to provide comfort no matter what the temperature is outside. Quilted sitting areas and hand piping add to the luxurious feel of the interior, which is accented by custom floor mats, headliner and safety belts. Fine wood applications provide a nice contrast to all the sumptuous leather. Ambient lighting and a superior surround sound package all add to the desirability of this unique vehicle.
7-Series Delivers Both Sportiness and Comfort
Two-axle air suspension with self leveling and damper control provides a combination of ride and comfort unmatched in smaller sport sedans. Roll stabilization and predictive road view technology help the car adapt to quickly changing conditions and keep you going straight and in control. Choose from Comfort, Eco Pro, Sport or Adaptive mode to create the driving experience of a lifetime.
Can’t Afford a 7-Series? How About a Pen?
If the centennial BMW 7-Series is a bit out of your price range, you can still commemorate BMW’s 100th birthday with a special “Montblanc for BMW” centennial fountain pen. The pen includes hints of BMW design and is the perfect gift for the auto aficionado in your life. Check in with Chapman BMW for more information on the special edition 7-Series and the classic fountain pen.
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.
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.
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.