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2019 BMW 3 Series | Top Safety Pick | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

2019 BMW 3 Series Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+

When you’re navigating city streets on your daily commute, winding over back roads on your weekends off, bringing the kids to soccer practice, or running errands, you want to enjoy the thrill of exceptional handling and performance. But all that means nothing if the vehicle you are driving is not safe. With the 2019 BMW 3 Series, you can ride easy. It has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest recommendation, earning the Top Safety Pick+ designation.

The previous BMW 3 Series earned the highest “Good” score in every crash test it was put through. The new edition improves on this with forward collision prevention, which improved to a “Superior” score for both standard models and those with optional equipment. The 3 comes to a complete stop at both the 12 and 25 mph test speeds, unlike its predecessor which only gave a forward collision warning.

The 2019 BMW 3 Series also adds improved headlights and child seat anchors. The previous edition earned only a “Poor” rating for headlights (except for their highest end optional ones, which received an “Acceptable.”) BMW improved this to “Good” for the optional curve-adaptive headlights from the Executive Package. Child seat LATCH anchors also improved from “Marginal” to “Good.”

To receive the Top Safety Pick+ designation, a vehicle must earn “Good” ratings in several categories:

  • Driver-side small overlap front
  • Passenger-side small overlap front
  • Moderate overlap front
  • Side
  • Roof strength
  • Head restraint tests
  • Headlights

AND an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating in front crash prevention.

The BMW 3 Series clearly excelled in front end crash prevention, a feature which will bring peace of mind to drivers (and their passengers).

Your safety is the top priority. And when you can combine safety with refined features, all the better! The 2019 BMW 3 Series excels on all fronts.

BMW Art Cars | BMW i8 | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW Art Cars: A History

At 2019’s Coachella Festival, celebrities were spirited around in a fleet of gorgeous, custom BMW i8 models. The i8 is sleek and sexy in its own right, but these were even more special: they were created in collaboration with R&B superstar Khalid. The whimsical, adventurous, fresh i8s are the latest in a long history of BMW art cars.

In 1975, BMW invited artist Alexander Calder, best known for his abstract mobiles, to collaborate on the exterior design of a 3.0 CSL that was running the Le Mans 24. The car didn’t finish the grueling race, but it did start the tradition of BMW art cars.

The iconic brand went on to work with the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Ernst Fuchs, Esther Mahlangu, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, and Cao Fei. Giants in the art world, they helped create works of art that are moving on all levels! While scores of major artists approach BMW about the opportunity to create using a highly-engineered canvas, BMW tasks an independent jury of international museum directors to choose who receives the honor.

The brand’s cultural ambassador Thomas Girst says, “We do not consider ourselves sponsors, which would imply a mere transaction of budget from A to B. We consider ourselves partners; our long-term commitment is important. This is a true interaction! And do keep in mind, in pre-Socratic times you had one word for artistic achievements and those in engineering: (I)techné(I). We’ve just come full circle with the Art Car series.”

While Khalid was the first musical artist tapped by BMW for this prestigious partnership, his entry into the art car hall of fame stands with its peers as a fresh take on the interaction of art and engineering.

You can argue that every BMW is a work of art in itself! We couldn’t agree more.

BMW M135i | BMW 1 Series | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

New BMW M135i Sneak Peek

Many automakers, particularly high-end brands, are notoriously secretive about their new designs. BMW is no different, and it has tried to keep the newest iteration in its BMW 1 Series, the BMW M135i, under wraps. A few details and photos, though, have managed to escape. Let’s take a sneak peek at this beautiful new addition to the family.

Unlike the previous rear-wheeled edition, the new M135i is an all-wheel drive model. It uses the FAAR architecture, which is found on several MINIs. The engine is expected to be a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder, generating 302 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It’ll feature an eight speed automatic transmission and the same drivetrain that we see in the BMW X2 M35i.

The word is that the new M135i will have fewer horses under the hood than the rear-wheel drive version (about 30hp less); however, with the all-wheel layout, we’ll experience similar levels of performance.

In leaked images of the newest edition to the BMW 1 Series, we see a sporty, athletic looking front end. The blue shown on the model is vibrant – just like the performance we can expect to see from the M135i. Sprinting from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds is just fine in our book!

BMW will likely unveil the M135i at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2019, so all our questions will be answered definitively. Until then, we can dream! Or visit Braman BMW Jupiter to look at other stellar Bimmers for sale or lease. Our expert team is ready to answer all your questions and ensure that your car buying experience is just as rewarding as your car driving experience. Come and see us in Jupiter today!

BMW i4 specs, BMW electric car | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW i4 Specs and Speculation

What could you do with the latest BMW electric car? If the industry insiders are right about the BMW i4 specs, the answer is some pretty amazing things. BMW chair Harald Krüger confirmed speculation about the i4 at the Paris auto show last fall, and while BMW hasn’t officially published any details on the production, some really exciting buzz has developed in the industry about what possibilities this model could hold.

A Very Different Four-Door Coupe

This vehicle will look very much like a four-door coupe, but this isn’t your parent’s electric family car. Instead, it’s likely going to be a liftback with a hatchback opening. At first glance, you’ll see a decklid with a ducktail spoiler and a sloped hood. It won’t, however, have a carbon-fiber structure.

Beyond that, the BMW i4 specs available are a little slim. The concepts for this model had a battery range of 373 miles. That may, however, depend on which model you purchase. Current market speculation suggests that BMW will offer both 60 and 80 kWh battery packs for models, so you’ll have to choose which best meets your needs.

While speed isn’t always the key concern when you buy a BMW electric car, it may at least cross your mind before you make the purchase. The top speed seems to be about 125 mph, and you can zoom from zero to 62 mph within about four seconds.

You may also have the ability to choose your drivetrain with this model based on your preference. The i3 came in only rear-wheel drive, but the i4 will likely give you a choice between the standard rear-wheel drive option or the xDrive.

BMW is working hard to take on the electric car market, and with the i4, it looks like it may have a fighting chance against companies already making headway with customers looking for something a little different.

2019 BMW 330i | New BMW 3 Series | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

Behind the Wheel of the 2019 BMW 330i

There’s a lot of hype around BMW, but not much of it focuses on the 2019 BMW 330i. The new BMW 3 series may not be capturing the headlines, but it is certain to capture the hearts of many thanks to its well-rounded features that have helped define this brand since its inception.

Under the Hood

The 2019 BMW 330i comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. At four-cylinders, not many enthusiasts are chomping at the bit, but the reality is that it’s perfect for most driving conditions you might encounter. It has 255 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which makes it plenty quick. It can hit 60 mph in around five seconds. An eight-speed automatic, you can choose between both rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive.

A Marked Design Shift

This model is based on the CLAR platform, and the goal here was to increase chassis stiffness with the model. BMW wanted to feel far more solid than previous models, and those fortunate enough to drive it have said it achieves that goal, giving it a more stable, agile platform to work with, which helps to improve driver-chassis communication.

Lift-related passive dampers were overhauled with this model, which means bumps just aren’t a factor. In fact, you may get a bit worried that you’re so comfortable as you drive over rough terrain.  The variable steering ratio also got an overhaul with this model. That aspect means sharper, more responsive steering that remains balanced and neutral, no matter how much the road ahead may wind.

Because the variable ratio steering rack has been redesigned, you may notice a more linear rate of progression. It’s lock-dependent now, so the more lock you use in a given situation, the faster the ability to steer becomes.  

The 2019 BMW 330i may only be an entry-level model, but this is one entry-level that you certainly want to consider.

BMW M2 CS | Limited Run Car | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW M2 CS To Be Limited Run Car

The BMW M2 CS is one of the biggest open secrets in automotive manufacturing right now. The M2 CS should make its appearance in March 2020. Perhaps the biggest news about it is that it’s expected to be a limited run car.

How Many Will We See?

The extremely sporty take on the M2 should see production for a year before it’s concluded. What that will mean for the actual numbers that will be produced is anyone’s guess. BMW could simply cap the number of BMW M2 CS produced…or they could simply see how many they can produce in a year and call that the number.

What Can We Expect?

The M2 Competition serves as a good baseline to predict the power of the M2 CS. The S55 in the M2 Competition delivers 405 horsepower. That’s already a beefy amount, but we should expect the M2 CS to see that number tweaked upward.

The real difference should be seen most in the handling: you should expect a tuned suspension, steering rack, even more able brakes, and a few aero improvements.

A Unique Place in History

To understand the nature of BMW’s special edition models and why the M2 CS is a limited run car, one has to look to BMW’s future. The next generation is on its way. Luxury auto makers will lean further into electric and hybrid cars – BMW is no exception.

The BMW M2 CS and special editions like it may hallmark a rare moment in history. These could be the highest points of the last generation before electrics come to dominate the market. That makes the M2 CS even more iconic and important – a true demonstration of this generation’s exquisite power and supple handling.

An Icon for Enthusiasts

The next generation will bring with it incredible new ways of thinking about cars. The BMW M2 CS can forever etch a powerful presence for everything this generation achieved, a landmark in automotive history and a special edition to top all others.

New BMW X3 | S58 Engine | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

New BMW X3 M Features S58 Engine

The debut of the S58 engine in the new BMW X3 is a dramatic moment in the maker’s history. The S55 engine it improves upon has been a remarkable powerhouse, but the S58 will be the M Division’s flagship engine moving forward. What does that mean for you? The next BMW X3 M and X4 M will be the first cars to feature the S58 engine.

Starting Power

The S58 is a 3.0-liter straight-six that’s been fully redesigned to up the ante in the X Series M vehicles. Let’s talk details. The S58 starts out in 473 horsepower form. This delivers 442 lb-ft of torque. It’s a powerful and dynamic engine that enables aggressive acceleration with ease. The power on display here surpasses both the M3 CS and M4 CS.

M Competition Upgrades

That’s the basic form of the engine – entry-level, if you will. The new BMW X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition are even more powerful, delivering 503 horsepower. As always, these are the first implementations of the engine in production vehicles. BMW has a long history of finding every last ounce of horsepower left in their designs – you can probably expect even more powerful versions by the time the the S58 starts getting places into sports cars.

Technical Improvements

Technical improvements include two mono-scroll turbochargers to keep the engine well-vented, along with upgraded compressors for better power output. Join these with a freshly optimized air intake system that keeps pressure consistent and an electronic waste gate that improves the engine’s response. Maximum injection pressure is tremendously improved – from 200 to 350 bar. This helps to minimize emissions as well.

These are only a few of the improvements. In case you’re not versed in the technical jargon, what it amounts to is this: the S58 engine is even more powerful, responsive, efficient, and reliable, as well as being more environmentally friendly.

Why Debut it in Crossovers?

The advantage of using it now in the next BMW X3 M and X4 M models (as well as their M Competition versions) is that you get this powerful engine humming with M tuning, upgrades, and dynamics. That’s an easy way to enjoy popular crossovers that drive like sports cars and have all the practical advantages of SUVs.

Latest BMW News | Purchase BMW | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

Will BMW and Mercedes Really Work Together?

It’s always exciting when two competitors come together on a special project. The latest BMW news is that there may be talk with Mercedes about collaborating on a car series. This means you could purchase BMW and Mercedes in one vehicle.

Sharing Expertise

Handelsblatt is a German automotive magazine that broke the rumor. The idea is that BMW and Mercedes would develop a new generation of compact cars together. This would be the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes A-class.

Of course, such cooperation would mean sharing technology between the makers. One benefit is that both BMW and Mercedes could share expertise and development on autonomous cars. This would allow them to develop self-driving systems that take advantage of both makers’ extensive experience and technological knowledge.

When Would This Happen?

As you read this latest BMW news, you may realize that Mercedes has already introduced a new A-class. Similarly, you’ll be able to purchase BMW 1 Series that’s brand new in the very near future. This indicates that the fruits of any BMW and Mercedes cooperation may not be seen until 2025.

What Are the Advantages?

There would be a number of advantages for customers in this. First, you get to see what two world-class luxury auto makers could create by putting their top minds together. Second, by developing a chassis for two lines, both brands could save some money in development. That can get passed on to customers, so that these new lines deliver that world class quality as a price point that’s favorable to customers.

Beyond this, you’re talking about two of the top engineering teams in all of automotive history combining R&D resources and brainpower. Everyone wants to know what the cars of tomorrow will look like, how they’ll perform, what technology they’ll offer. What better way to find out than by putting two of the world’s most brilliant teams together to make tomorrow’s cars?

M850i xDrive | BMW 8 Series | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Experience

The first generation BMW 8 Series holds a special place in every BMW enthusiast’s heart. These were cars with rare performance and luxury. Yet the line went quiet for two decades before BMW knew they had the perfect generation to act as a successor. The original 8 Series had been a pioneer in vehicle technology, so they knew the next generation had to be a technological leap forward in a similar way. No car demonstrates this better than the M850i xDrive.

The Exterior Is a Beast

We all know that a first impression is critical. The M850i xDrive understands this, with bold, muscular design and long, lean, angled highlights. The lines ripple with the suggestion of power while also communicating a streamlined ache for speed. On the aesthetics alone, BMW’s designers have knocked it out of the park.

The Interior’s a Beauty

The interior is one of BMW’s most refined and intentional designs yet. The materials and their tapered lines are exquisite. Where so many makers have obsessed over giving you 1,000 controls that make the interior look like an over-busy airplane cockpit, BMW has focused on simplifying things. This keeps your command over the M850i xDrive more immediate and less confusing without losing precision.

Tech for Power & Control

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s an improvement in power of nearly 20% over the last version of this engine. BMW’s xDrive technology has led the industry for years. When the road is slick or you run over a pothole or dip, a particular tire might lose some traction. The xDrive system monitors for this and lends power to the other wheels millisecond by millisecond. What might’ve been a slip in decades past is now barely noticeable.

Combined with the car’s integral steering, this is the forefront of returning control to the driver so that it doesn’t get lost due to bad weather or road conditions.

Built Around the Driver

The M850i xDrive takes advantage of its dimensions and technology to give you exceptional command over the road. Everything is built to give the purest experience possible. This is the BMW 8 Series model where design meets powerful technology in perfect unison, all built to serve the driver.

New 3 Series | M Performance Parts | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

New BMW 3 Series Gets M Performance Parts

Go from the racetrack to the street with M Performance parts. BMW’s motorsport heritage comes out to play with these exclusive, high-quality components. From superior performance to stunning aesthetics, these parts enhance the aggressive, dynamic appeal of your Bimmer. In exciting news, you can get M performance parts on the new BMW 3 series.

New BMW 3 Series with M3 Look and Feel

Want your 3 to look and feel more like an M3? Now it can. M-branded wheels with red brake calipers. Sleek black accents. Advanced carbon fiber parts. An “M Performance” side decal. Sexy taillights with a dark gray tint. M Performance exhaust tips. A subtle carbon fiber spoiler. Imagine the possibilities. The performance. The looks of pure envy you’ll get driving down the roadway!

Why M Performance Parts

M Performance parts are designed to bring your driving experience to the next level. For example, the brakes are more than just flashy accessories with their bright, bold red calipers. They also feature a lightweight 18 inch braking system, complete with perforated and grooved discs. With higher thermal resistance, they’ll perform like true champions under tough conditions.

M Performance parts are more than just pretty faces: they can really change how you drive and the feeling of safety and security you have on the road.

The new BMW 3 Series will be rolling into showrooms in March. We cannot wait! Until then, visit Braman BMW Jupiter to learn more about M Performance parts and other terrific models that will not fail to thrill you with every mile.