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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.

BMW 100 years

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.