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2020 BMW X7 M50i at Braman BMW Jupiter, FL

2020 BMW X7 M50i Review

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i really didn’t have a whole lot of time to garner favor among drivers and car enthusiasts. There was a shortage of time for consumer input to really roll out before the COVID-19 pandemic forced much of the country into shut-down mode. That said, we are happy to give a BMW X7 review, as this vehicle definitely deserves its moment in the spotlight. Here are some of the things that have come up in the BMW X7 review.

The 2020 BMW X7 M50i Is Smooth

The smoothness of the ZF eight-speed engine and its unobtrusive nature in all drive modes are among the often repeated comments on the 2020 BMW X7 M50i and we could not agree more. Very impressive acceleration and big thunderous boom of the twin-turbo V-8’s exhaust are also high on the list of compliments and perks of the X7. The interior wins a lot of points for its style and comfort. Inside the X7 gives the impression luxury and opulence and ranks incredibly high for its serene quietness, comfortable and attractive leather seating and ever-important ambient lighting. 

Overall, each BMW X7 review is really quite complimentary, and this one is no exception. There are some areas that could be improved upon, however. But really nothing of major consequence for the overall rating of the BMW X7. For example, the power third-row seats are slow to fold, and the infotainment system is temperamental in attempts to reconnect to a previously paired phone without having to reset. 

BMW X7 Review: Speed, Comfort, Utility

With all that said and done, the 2020 BMW X7 M50i will be known for its speed, comfort, and utility. BMW covers maintenance up to 36,000 miles, so no worries about out-of-pocket expenses there either. 

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A new BMW 7 Series

Most Powerful 7 Series To Be Fully Electric

In a major announcement, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse confirmed suspicions that the new BMW 7 Series will be fully electric. The BMW 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that is now due for a new generation. Over the years, BMW has been steadily transitioning the brand and its faithful customers into a future of all-electric vehicles. They’ve done this by producing vehicles with different drive technologies side-by-side. The BMW 7 series will follow suit with four drive train variants. News that the most powerful 7 Series will be fully electric is worth paying attention to.

About the New BMW 7 Series Release

In the 2020 Annual Accounts Press Conference, Zipse had the following to say about the new BMW 7 Series release:

The next-generation 7 Series will be available with four drive train variants: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric. All drive trains will be based on a single architecture. And the top, most powerful 7 Series will be fully electric!

Zipse didn’t release any pricing information about the new BMW 7 Series, nor did he confirm any plan to launch the new all-electric 7 Series in any specific market. Whether or not the fully electric BMW 7 Series will be released in the U.S. is anybody’s guess at this point. But we do know BMW will be looking to compete with Tesla with the electric BMW 7 Series. 

It’s expected the 7 Series will be even more powerful than the twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 currently found in the OG – the M760i. The M760i churns out 601 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque while racing from 0 – 62 in just 3.7 seconds. The all-new fully electric BMW will be coming in 2022. As of now, there is no news as to whether or not the new fully electric 7 Series will be called the i7. 

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2021 bmw m4 motor

2021 BMW M4: What to Expect

Nearly every enthusiast is searching for one term online – 2021 BMW M4 Coupe. There’s a reason for that. BMW has been short on details regarding this new release, and it is much anticipated. Much of what has been released comes from spy photos and analysts’ suggestions, but it’s pretty fascinating stuff, and until BMW displays some proper information, these are the best available details.

Under the Hood

The BMW G82 M4 will come with a twin-turbocharged six cylinder engine that means serious power. Expect at least 473 horsepower from this model and 442 lb-ft of torque. An eight speed automatic transmission will probably come standard. There may even be an option for a manual transmission. The M4 will also likely be available with both rear and all-wheel drive options.

Redefined Style

This model will likely be available in both hardtop and drop-top body styles. Many of the test models seen on the track have a lower bumper that’s slightly different from others, but it’s possible that they may drop that feature before they unveil the final model. Most also have a wider rear-end and a spoiler, as well as standard quad-exhaust pipes. The bigger kidney grille that has caused so much controversy will be present as well.

Phenomenal Interior

Most have suggested that the standard BMW updated 3-Series will probably be the base for the interior on this model. It features an angled dashboard as well as digital gauges. You can likely expect carbon-fiber trim and plenty of gorgeous accents as well as a fantastic infotainment system with large touchscreen controls. Harman/Kardon audio systems are standard on almost every new model, so they’ll likely be here, too, as will a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay capability. Safety and driver assistance features will also carry over from previous models.

Many have suggested the M4 coupe will run an estimated $71,000. The convertible is likely to hit $79,000.

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BMW 2 Series vs. 3 Series: What’s the Difference?

Both the BMW 2 Series and the 3 Series offer some amazing drive benefits, but if you’re in the market for a 2020 choice that meets all of your needs, which way should you go? Take a closer look at the BMW 2 Series vs. 3 Series to get a better look at what you might want to consider.

Quality Craftsmanship

No matter which way you go, you’re going to get real quality. The 2020 BMW 2 Series means you’re not going for a bigger vehicle, though. Instead, it blends practicality and comfort in a smaller package. Expect all the amenities with a vehicle like this including LED headlights, parking sensors, keyless entry, and a 6.5 inch infotainment screen.

One special point you must be sure to consider is the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. To date, the 2 Series has only been available as a coupe. The Gran Coupe, though, is a four door version that means plenty of rear seat space that may be important to you. It’s a bit sportier than the other models, and it offers a more aerodynamic look.

If you’re looking for a bit more luxury, though, you may want to upgrade to the 3 Series. It offers plenty of space with a few upscale touches including form fitting seats, a larger infotainment system, and cabin lighting. Add the premium package and you’ll get heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Performance

Should you select the BMW 2 Series, you’ll choose from a coupe or a convertible and two different trim levels. The 230i and the M240i trim series are both available. The 230i includes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Expect 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Select the M240i if you want slightly more power. You’ll get a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with this model that includes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Both feature an eight-speed automatic transmission or you can opt for a six-speed manual.

The 3 Series offers you even more power. Choose from two trim levels here, too: the 330i and the M340i. The 330i means a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder with 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The upsell means more power thanks to a six-cylinder, 382 horsepower engine that can put out 369 lb-ft of torque. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on both trim levels.

Handling

The 2 Series offers you the sporty drive you’re looking for. You’ll be comfortable throughout, but you’ll certainly feel like you’re in a vehicle that was made for sport. Comfort, though, reigns supreme with the 3 Series. You get plenty of sharp handling aspects, but the ride quality is stunning.

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BMW Hybrid Vehicles

Does BMW Make a Hybrid?

Electric vehicles may be the future of cars, but hybrid vehicles are the king of now. It’s true for every brand on the market today, including BMW.

Not sure this iconic brand is hip enough to be part of this trend? Think again. BMW hybrid cars are leading the industry with speed, power, and performance in some pretty amazing packages.

Check out this list of BMW hybrid cars if you’re thinking your next vehicle should be a little green-friendlier. 

  • 330e: Easily the least expensive vehicle on this list, the 330e comes in at $40,750. You can expect to see 25 MPG from this model. 
  • X5 XDrive 40e: An SUV, this model costs a bit more than the 330e, coming in at $42,994, but you’ll get exactly the same fuel economy rating with it – 25 MPG. It also has some pretty sweet features like added cargo space (73 cubic feet).
  • X3 XDrive30e: A Sport Activity Vehicle, this one comes in at $48,550, and the release is more anticipated than you might imagine. Fuel economy numbers haven’t been released yet, but there are numbers floating around that suggest it will be as high as 128.4 MG.
  • i3: This is perhaps the most efficient hybrid BMW makes. With a combined fuel economy rating of 31 MPG and a starting price of $49,295, this is an attractive entry-level model. 
  • 530 ie: The combined fuel economy on this one comes in pretty high, as you can expect 29 MPG. The starting price with this model is $54,395. 
  • 740ie: This hybrid produces a combined fuel economy of 22 MPG. It has a starting price of $96,545. It’s a large, luxurious sedan that offers the aggressive Sport+ setting when you drive and a beautiful interior.
  • i8: The combined fuel economy on this one isn’t quite as good as others on this list, but it’s literally the future of what’s to come from this company. Coming in at just 27 MPG, it’s a beautiful vehicle that’s fun to drive. With a starting price of $164,295, you’ll get power that you’ve never seen with a hybrid in the past, as well as unmatched beauty.

With so many available options, there’s a hybrid that’s right for you!

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What Does BMW Mean?

BMW has long been an iconic brand. It’s the symbol of luxury for many car buyers, and for those up and coming, it’s often the first step toward true success. Few, though, know their BMW history.

In fact, many search the term “What does BMW stand for” on a regular basis. How much do you know about this iconic brand? Take a look at the unique history behind this luxury vehicle.

A Turn of the Century Creation

BMW was initially founded in 1913 by Karl Rapp. It was the Rapp Motorenwerke Company, and it manufactured aircraft engines in Munich.

In fact, it supplied many of the engines the German air force used during World War I because automobiles just weren’t providing as much revenue for the company as they eventually would.

Just a few years later, in 1917, though, Karl Rapp left the company, and it became the Bayerische Motoren Werke.

The name was a reference to the location of the company’s headquarters in Bavaria. Bayerische literally translates to Bavarian, and many began shortening it to BMW from there.

A year later, the company began shifting its focus from aircraft engines to built-in motors and railway brakes.

By the early 1920s, the focus shifted yet again, this time to cars and motorcycles.

The logo you know so well came about at the same time the official name was changed. It was an echo of the Bavarian flag, a blue and white flag that was checkered in diamonds.

It stayed with the company throughout the many changes it underwent.

The slogan many people know, though, wasn’t even developed until 1974, and at that time, it was just developed for the North American market. “The Ultimate Driving Machine” became a popular catch phrase for this vehicle, and in 2010, the brand tried to replace it with “Joy.”

So few people took to it, though, that the 1974 slogan returned in 2012, and it’s been used ever since.

Today, many take this luxury car brand for granted, but without its early history in the world of aircraft, it wouldn’t be what it is today.

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BMW M5 Performance | M5 Performance | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW M5 Horsepower: Fact Check

The M5 is undoubtedly a highly-tuned performance machine – but is BMW underplaying its real power? That’s the conclusion that Car and Driver reached during extensive testing. Official BMW M5 horsepower is rated at 600 hp (617 hp for the Competition model) and 553 lb/ft of torque – impressive by any standards, especially considering the M5 weighs in at over two tons. But this supercar is capable of even more.

M5 Performance by the Numbers

As mentioned, M5 performance specs put horsepower at 600 at the crank. Drivetrains are not 100% efficient in transferring crank horsepower to wheel hp. A loss of 15 – 20% in an automatic transmission is typical. So, we’d expect a range of between 480 – 510 hp at the wheel for the M5.

Car and Driver conducted a dyno test on the M5 Competition, and guess what? They found it had 617 hp at the wheel – which was its factory rating at the crank. In practical terms: this car is much more powerful than stated. All that power is making it to all four wheels. They also measured torque, which was 606 lb/ft, 10% more than the factory torque rating.

The M5 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds and makes a quarter mile in a stunning 11 seconds. A real supercar.

Despite higher power-to-weight ratios, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Cadillac CTS-V, and the all-wheel Jaguar XE SV Project 8 are all a full second slower on the zero to 60 and ¼ mile.

BMW M5 Horsepower Is Just the Beginning 

The M5 and M5 Competition are stunning to drive. Powerful, certainly, but they are also well-rounded vehicles that combine innovation, performance, and sleek lines that are guaranteed to meet the high expectations of even the most exacting Bimmer fans.

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BMW iX2 Electric Crossover | Electric BMW X2 | Braman BMW of Jupiter, Florida

BMW iX2 Electric Crossover: Sneak Peek

BMW has made a strong commitment – and has been an industry leader – in luxury hybrid and electric vehicles. The X2 was introduced in 2017, and it’s spunky crossover appeal made it an instant favorite. The iconic brand will be adding several electric models to the family in the coming years, including the i4 sedan and iNext SUV. They haven’t officially announced an electric X2 (expected to be called the BMW iX2 Electric Crossover), but spy shots are giving us a sneak peek. 

Spotted: A Fully Electric BMW X2

A fully electric BMW X2 prototype was spotted in chilly Sweden, where it is undergoing cold-weather testing. Sharp-eyed observers noted that the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” stickers that were seen on the plug-in hybrid prototype BMW revealed earlier this year have been replaced with “Electric Test Vehicle” stickers. BMW didn’t go out of its way to camouflage the vehicle (apart from some disguising of the fog lights).

The electric X2 is based on the X1 and we expect 38 and 76 kWh batteries with a range of 115 and 190 miles respectively. The X1 is known for the minimalist style of the interior, and this is another feature we predict will be carried over into the X2.

BMW hasn’t released any details on the power train, but we expect an all new 5th generation drivetrain, purpose-built for the brand’s electric lineup. This will also be featured on the upcoming BMW iX3 and BMW iNEXT.

BMW is forging ahead in the electric market – they’ve registered every model name from iX1 to iX9, so we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years. 

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2020 BMW X6 M50i | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

2020 BMW X6 M50i: Behind the Wheel

The 2020 BMW X6 is an amazing vehicle that echoes its earliest roots and still continues to delight fans and enthusiasts alike for a variety of different reasons. It’s a powerful vehicle that offers plenty of room for passengers and unique handling. It looks sporty, and other car companies have worked to copy its design since its initial release. There’s only one original, though, the 2020 version offers some great features other brands just can’t match.

X6 M50i – Power and Speed

The X6 M50i has a 4.4-liter V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It’s heavier than many previous models, coming in at 5,115 pounds, but you might not notice that as it offers light steering with plenty of quick speed. It has an eight speed transmission. It can move from 0 to 60 in 4. 1 seconds. It has 22-inch wheels, and an Adaptive M Suspension Pro, as well as Integral Active Steering, and Active Roll Stabilization to help keep you safe during every driving experience.

2020 BMW X6 – Added Space

This model does stick to its roots. The new X6 is longer, but only by an inch, so you don’t get a lot of extra room inside. There’s a bit more headroom than previous models, but other than that, the interior space remains the same as it did in other models. Cargo space is slightly larger, too, but not by much, which means you may not notice the added length.

The interior is luxurious, and it has the traditional BMW dashboard layout. The infotainment display is top mounted, and you’ll also find the now standard rotary iDrive controller. The entire system can be controlled through voice command. The X6 does have three USB-C ports, with three of them in the rear. The price for this one begins at $65,295, but there are two different models to choose from as well as a variety of add-on packages.

Next-gen BMW M4 Coupe | Braman BMW Jupiter, FL

New BMW M4 Coupe: First Look

The next-gen BMW M4 already has people excited, even though the details have barely been released. Fortunately, there have been a few sightings on the test track that have many just as excited as ever about this M4 coupe

M4 Coupe – The Goods

One of the biggest pieces of news about this vehicle is its large grille. While it’s tough to tell exactly what it might look like from the camouflage BMW notoriously puts on its cars for trips to the test track, what is clear is that it is significantly larger than that of the 3 Series, and it may even be much bigger than the vehicle actually needs. It’s this large piece of news that has many interested in a model that’s bound to look pretty seriously different from anything this brand has previously released.

A few other details were visible while the vehicle was at the test track. The windows seem to be shorter than the older M4 models tend to be, and the entire car seems to be much closer to the ground. It seems to have carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a quad-tipped exhaust and a large muffler. Previous shots of the vehicle have shown the cabin to look quite a bit like the 3 Series. It seems to have the standard 8.8-inch touchscreen, as well as the expected digital gauge cluster, and rotary controls for the iDrive system.

While it’s hard to tell from the test track, most believe this will use a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six, just as the X3 M and the X4 M currently do. BMW has promised that it will include a manual transmission option, and most believe that the company will offer rear-wheel and all-wheel drive options. Initial deliveries of the vehicle won’t occur until 2021.