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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 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: 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: 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.

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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.

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Will There Be a 2021 BMW M3?

In a year packed with hot new arrivals, we’re looking to the future to see what else our favorite brand delivers. Will there be a 2021 BMW M3? This model is a legend in terms of performance and power – and many are curious to see what, if anything, BMW will change. To end the suspense: yes, there will be a new BMW M3. What do we know about it at this point? 

The 2021 BMW M3 is expected to boast a 3.0 liter twin turbo inline six engine. It is not quite the same engine that powers the previous generation. Instead, the 2021 version will feature BMW M’s S58, which has a larger bore and shorter stroke (thus more revs). It looks like the M3 will churn out 473 horses and 442 lb-ft of torque (bumped to 503 hp with the Competition model).

BMW has reported that the new M3 will offer a “pure” manual gearbox option and rear wheel drive, though we expect high end versions with a fast-shifting auto transmission, dual clutch option, and all wheel drive. BMW has rolled out a “four tiered” structure for its models, and this will continue with the M3 to include the base M3, Competition, CL, and CSL versions – as well as sedan, coupe, and convertible body styles.

Like many luxury automakers, BMW is secretive about its new models. We’ve seen shots (and even audio) of the new M3. Though camouflaged, it looks like we will enjoy a sporty, athletic body, sleek lines, and possibly, oversized kidney grilles and design elements from the Concept 4. 

Any way you slice it, the 2021 BMW M3 will certainly live up to the power and prestige of the brand’s name. Visit Braman BMW in Jupiter to learn more. 

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2019 BMW X7 Luxury SUV: Deep Dive

The 2019 BMW X7 luxury SUV is the brand’s largest sports utility vehicle ever – and we believe it! The imposing 203.3 inch long, three-seater beast certainly cuts an impressive figure – but its speed and performance set it apart from competitors that are merely bulky. What does the 2020 SUV of the Year contender have to offer drivers (and six of their friends or family members!)? 

The X7 features a 335 horsepower six cylinder engine (base model) and smooth eight speed automatic transmission. It glides from zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds (besting the Mercedes GLS 580) and hits a top speed of 130 mph. An impressive feat considering its size.

But fuel economy must be a nightmare, right? No. Surprisingly, perhaps, the X7 hits 20/25 mpg city/highway and has a range in excess of 500 miles.

While some may not love the X7 design, slow power-folding second row seat, or tendency towards body roll, the 2019 BMW X7 luxury SUV more than makes up for these issues with a host of exceptional features, including:

  • Exquisite comfort for all passengers. Yes, even third row riders will have nothing to complain about. 
  • Heated seats
  • Optional second row captains seats (do it; it’ll eliminate the concern over the slow folding second row and provide easier access to the third row)
  • Wood trim
  • Second row leather headrests
  • Power backrest controls
  • Separate climate control zones
  • Sunroof 

The cabin is remarkably quiet and luxurious, ensuring that not only will you enjoy the ultimate driving experience – your passengers will enjoy the ultimate riding experience! 

The 2020 SUV of the Year contender is not only BMW’s largest SUV, it is one of the best in its class when it comes to speed, power, performance, and comfort. Whether you’re taking a long family vacation or going across town, you’ll do so in complete luxury. 

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Is BMW Making a Standalone M Sports Car?

The world enjoyed the BMW M1 from 1978 – 1981, and the world has never been the same since. That M1 made Sports Car International’s  Top Ten list in 2004, and the homage concept model BMW revealed in 2008 certainly made some waves in the industry. It’s easy to see echoes of this vehicle almost everywhere, but BMW may just be making a standalone M sports car once more, and it could even be electric, news that has many practically squealing with glee. 

In a recent interview with BBC’s TopGear, Markus Flasch, M boss, hinted that they had plans for something new involving two seats and a mid-mounted engine just like the M1 had, but that there were many other design options on the table. 

He’s not wrong, either, with options abound for this brand today. There are so many power train choices available to this brand, and eventually, a fully electric model could be on the table, so it makes sense that it could be a hybrid release now to bridge the gap between the two. 

No one is sure when the electric market will impact BMW, though. In the same interview, Flasch suggested that while they’re working on electrified combustion and fully electric models, they don’t want to move too quickly. Instead, they’d rather wait to bring that technology to customers when they can do so in a way that means a performance or character advantage. As is typical of this brand, they won’t do it just to be the first one on the market with that power train option. Instead, they want to maintain their traditional level of sophistication. 

For now, though, what a standalone BMW M series model will look like in terms of performance and aesthetics will have to remain a mystery as this model continues to fascinate enthusiasts. 

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2020 BMW 7 Series: What’s New

The 2020 BMW 7 Series may just be the next in this long running series, but it certainly holds true to the traditions created, making it an excellent heir to the title. Almost everything BMW has done well in the past few years are included in this model, and if you’re looking for an advanced, sophisticated choice, this is it. 

What really sets this line apart is the BMW 7 series’ performance ratings. The entire series means great choices including six, eight, and twelve cylinder engines. You can even select plug-in hybrid options if you’re looking for something a little greener. The powertrain lineup has changed a little as well. In the 750i, they’ve added 80 horsepower to the V8 and 74lb-ft of torque. The hybrid got a new name (745e xDrive) thanks to it’s inline-six engine and a brand new power filled lithium-ion battery, all of which spelled 67 additional horsepower and 73lb-ft of additional torque.

If you’ve looked at the BMW 7 series in the past, you know what to expect, so the biggest change you’re going to notice initially is the larger grille. In fact, it’s 40 percent bigger than it was. The headlights and taillights have changed a bit too, as they now look a bit slimmer, and you can upgrade to Laser lights if you like the look of those over the typical LEDs. You may also notice the light bar across the back of this series.  The hood features stronger, more noticeable lines, and the front bumper’s air deflectors help to cool the brakes a bit. The deflectors on the sides also have larger, more noticeable outlets. You may also notice a wider tailpipe. 

The inside of this model has changed a little too. The instrument panel is now all digital, and you’ll find great acoustics. Each comes with a 10.25 inch iDrive touchscreen infotainment panel complete with voice recognition control. It does integrate with Apple CarPlay, and the backseat also includes entertainment screens and BMW headphones. You can even opt for a luxury rear seating package that adds adjustable seats as well as massage capabilities and heating power. There are three seating configurations, but the entire series has just one body length. 

Naturally, what the BMW 7 Series is really known for is comfort. You can always count on feeling like you’re riding on something as comfortable as a pillow, no matter what the road is like, and the cabin is, as expected, completely quiet. The steering is easy and steady, no matter what the speed, and acceleration is endlessly smooth. 

While most know this brand for the serious comfort it offers, these are BMWs, so performance certainly isn’t lacking. It does, however, vary by the model you’ve chosen. 

  • Both 740i models have standard rear-wheel drive and optional xDrive all-wheel drive. Expect 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque out of these, as well as the ability to move from zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds. You’ll see 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. 
  • The 750i XDrive has a 4.4-liter turbo V8 with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 in far less time, just 3.9 seconds, but the fuel economy isn’t quite as good, coming in at 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. 
  • The 745e xDrive hybrid has that inline-six with an electric motor, and the combination means 330 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. It will hit 60 in 4.9 seconds, and you can get 16 miles out of a charge and 22 mpg with the combination after that. It’s currently rated for 56 MPGe. 
  • The M760i XDrive comes with a 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 for serious power. It has 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. Expect to hit 60 in 3.6 seconds. Your fuel economy is better than you might imagine, coming in at 13 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. 
  • The Alpina B7 has a 4.4-liter turbo V8 with 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. You’ll go from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds with this one. It does sport a solid fuel economy rating with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.  

No matter which one you choose, you’re going to have a driving experience you won’t soon forget. 

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BMW i Hydrogen NEXT Unveiled

The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT marks the brand’s continued commitment to the “future of mobility.” The theory is that various types of drive systems will exist side-by-side; there is no one single solution to mobility needs, but BMW is placing increasing focus on fuel cell vehicles. Hydrogen, they propose, is a critical alternative and complement to battery-electric drive systems.

With the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, the brand gives us a look into the future. BMW may be able to offer fuel cell vehicles to consumers by 2025. What we know now, though, is that the NEXT is apparently modeled after the dynamic X5. Design details, such as the distinctive BMW i Blue patterning on the bonnet, which is repeated in 3D form on the air intakes, make it instantly recognizable as a BMW.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles like the NEXT will deliver unrestricted zero-emissions mobility and refueling times of less than four minutes. In other respects, it will perform much like a conventional car in terms of range, comfort, handling in various conditions, and more. 

In 2013, the BMW Group partnered with Toyota Motor Corporation to co-develop a hydrogen fuel cell drive system. Since 2015, they have been testing a small number of prototype BMW 5 Series hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and the two automakers continue to work on developing next gen fuel cell drive systems that are scalable for consumer needs. They also established the Hydrogen Council, an initiative in which they team up with leading energy, transport, and industrial companies to push forward with the “hydrogen-fuelled energy revolution.” To date, the Council has 60 member companies.

BMW is putting a great deal of resources – and innovation – into developing hydrogen-based technology and viable fuel cell vehicles. The future is coming – and the team at Braman BMW Jupiter, FL can’t wait!