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BMW has presented their answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, the 6-series Gran Coupe. It is mechanically similar to the 5-series as the A7 and CLS are rebodied versions of the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The 5-series base on the 6-series coupe may mean a heavier weight, but the Gran Coupe manages to mask the heftiness quite well. The adjustable chassis offers multiple settings which amplify the cars performance. Sport and Sport Plus settings offer stiff suspension settings and minimize body roll. Sport Plus claims to loosen the reins of the stability-control system. Comfort setting improves the ride but alters the agility response. Comfort Plus mode increases the electrically boosted steering.

Inside the Gran Coupe’s cockpit is exceptionally executed. The front seats and the rear seats offer an enjoyable level of lateral support. Rear-seat room is decent considering the Gran Coupe is only three inches short of the 7-series wheelbase length. Even larger people will find the Gran Coupe comfortable.

The Gran Coupe has two engine options here in the U.S including the 640i and 650i choices. The first one is powered by a 315-hp, 3.0-liter, single-turbo gas inline-six producing 330 lb-ft of torque; the second uses BMW’s twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 with 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Both models feature a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic that shifts flawlessly and quickly and there’s enough power at nearly any speed. Especially in the 650i, it really doesn’t matter what gear is being used the power is noticeable.

New BMW Phoenix drivers can appreciate the estimated 0-60 times. The 640i will hit 60 mph in 5.3 seconds; it will top out at a governed 155 mph. The 650i sounds fantastic and should hit 60 about a second quicker at 4.5. If you don’t care about fuel prices and none of the foregoing numbers excites, an M6 Gran Coupe appears to be in the works as well.

Overall the 6 Gran Coupe not only looks fantastic and is tastefully executed but it provides power and is fun to drive as well. For more information on the BMW Gran Coupe check out your Chapman BMW dealer.

Some people may have the idea that the car industry is predominately males, which statistically may be true, but women are making their presence known. From women car salespeople to General Managers, car dealerships are moving further away from the stereotype that the business is just for men. Chapman BMW dealer has many women working here and have decided to spotlight one individual, Renate Steinbach, and her experience as a woman in the car business.

Name: Renate Steinbach

Position Title:  Corporate Sales
Chapman Automotive: What exactly does your job require you to do?
Renate Steinbach: My job requires me to represent all of our new car franchises as well as our vast used car inventory.  I advise clients and provide them with the services necessary to purchase a vehicle.  I conduct the “needs and assessment”, demonstrate the vehicles features and benefits, process all paperwork including financing, and deliver the vehicle.  Customer follow up and prospecting for new clients.  Aside from the sales portion of my position, I also administer Red Flags and Compliance for BMW dealership, handle all CSI issues for new and CPO vehicle sales.

Chapman Automotive: How long have you worked with Chapman Automotive?
Renate Steinbach: This September it will be 25 years

Chapman Automotive: What would you say is your biggest struggle as a women in the car business?
Renate Steinbach: Balancing the fine line between being just “one of the guys”

Chapman Automotive: What is your favorite thing about the car dealership business?
Renate Steinbach: The variety of people I get to interact with from our own employees, to clients, to banks and manufactures

Chapman Automotive: What is one example of a time that being a women gave you an advantage in this business?
Renate Steinbach: I find it actually is an advantage most of the time, because I feel other women are more comfortable working with women and men find it refreshing.

Chapman Automotive: If a women was looking to start a career in the car industry, what advice would you give them?
Renate Steinbach: That they have to stay true to themselves.

Chapman Automotive: What are your future career goals?
Renate Steinbach: In the future I would hope with this company I could have my own sales team that I could share my knowledge with and lead them to be as successful as I have been.

So remember for all your used or new BMW Phoenix needs, Chapman BMW has you covered so stop by or check us out online!


Two years ago BMW released their Vision EfficientDynamics concept and now the car has officially re-emerged as the BMW i8 concept.

The i8 features LifeDrive architecture, BMW says that adapting cars engineered for internal-combustion power to electric propulsion results in a lot of excess weight and forces the car to be compromised. Therefore the i8 is built using two purpose-built modules: one to hold passengers, called “Life”, and one for propulsion and suspension components called “Drive”. Together it creates the “LifeDrive” branding for the car.

The i8 is a plug-in hybrid with a powertrain that is split between two axles, an electric motor, and direct-drive transmission at the front axle and a gas engine and transaxle at the rear. The battery pack in the i8 uses lithium-ion chemistry and is elongated to deliver shots of power in short spurts. The capacity of the battery is around 8 kWh. The use of lightweight material allows the i8 to use a smaller, lighter battery than what would be needed for a car made of steel. This frees up room in the cabin and keeps the overall weight of the car down.

The i8 uses a modified version of the i3’s electric motor, with a peak output of 129 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It’s fed juice, of course, by those lithium-ions, and takes about two hours to charge from a 240-volt trough. Battery topped off; the i8 will give Phoenix BMW drivers 20 miles of all-electric driving. It makes an astonishing 220 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Altogether, the hybrid powertrain makes 349 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. BMW says the i8 is governed to 155 mph and it will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than five seconds. That puts this car in elite company within BMW.

The i8s styling mimics the entire Life and Drive them by having layers of light-gray panels over a black and clear sub-layer. Many of those clear layers, like the lower half of the swing-wing doors, will turn opaque when production time comes. Besides just looking flat-out futuristic, BMW i models will be marked by a BMW roundel with a blue ring around the outside, blue accents on the grilles and side sills, and the “stream flow” C-pillar treatment.

Inside, the i8 concept forgoes traditional gauges and has a future-tech 8.8-inch display screen for reporting road and engine speed, as well as battery and fuel levels. In the optional Eco Pro mode, the digital gauges glow blue; in Sport mode they glow orange. A second screen tops the dash above the center stack to display navigation and infotainment functions, and the rest of the interior is clean, simple and made of sustainable materials.

For more information head to your Chapman BMW dealer.

A lot of businesses have Facebook sites but few offer substantial benefits for those who ‘like’ their page, Chapman BMW is changing that. We appreciate each and every one of our fans so much we created a fun and unique tour featuring summer ready BMW convertibles, exclusively for people who like our page.

The Top Down Tour began June 1st and will continue until July 27th. For every Friday in July the Top Down Tour will hit a local neighborhood favorite location. The remaining stops include: July 6th Macayo’s Depot Cantina, July 13th AIRWORX from 10am -12pm, July 20th Chompie’s in Chandler  from 11am-1pm, and July 27th GameWorks at Arizona Mills Mall. At each stop of the tour there will be fun games, great prizes, giveaways, contests, and activities designed to allow you to just sit back and have a great summer day. Each stop of the tour will also feature a BMW expert on-site to answer any questions or concerns you have in a pressure-free environment and the chance to take walk-around tours of different 3-series BMW convertibles.  Make sure to come out and check us out this month!

The two convertibles on site will include the award winning BMW 328i and 335i. Both are perfect for anytime of the year since they feature a retractable roof that opens in 22 seconds and closes in 23 seconds.  The 328i convertible has a powerful 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine that produces 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque that zips and winds on any road with ease. The 335i has an invigorating turbocharged six-cylinder, newly updated, N55 engine. The N55 engine features BMWs Valvetronic variable valve timing and lift system that creates 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both of the 3-series convertibles have BMWs optional iDrive technology and the option of either a manual or automatic transmission, which allows the car to effortlessly accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 5.3 seconds.

You don’t have to sign-up, RSVP, or put your name on a mailing list, to find out where the next location of the Top Down Tour is. All you have to do is to check out the Chapman BMW Facebook page and ‘like’ the ‘Top Down Tour’ application or by clicking here to go directly to it. Each stop of the tour will also have a social media sign-up station in which anyone who has not yet ‘liked’ the Chapman BMW Facebook page or Top Down Tour application will have a chance to do so in just a few minutes. By ‘liking’ the application you not only get exclusive information on where the tours next stop is, but you will also be automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing which includes an Arizona Grand Resort Staycation Package, gas gift card and BMW swag. Check out the Chapman BMW Facebook page for other great stuff year round too, we feature news, updates, videos, pictures, and new BMW Phoenix area exclusive offers!

Check out for more information on the ongoing Top Down Tour or check out a Phoenix BMW dealership to test drive a BMW 3-series convertible today!