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BMW M3

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. 

BMW x7

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. 

M Sports Car | BMW M Series | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

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. 

2020 BMW 7 Series, BMW 7 Series performance

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. 

BMW i Hydrogen NEXT | Fuel Cell Vehicles | Braman BMW in Jupiter, Florida

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!

BMW 4 Series | Kidney Grille | Braman BMW in Jupiter, Florida

The BMW 4 Series of the Future

The BMW 4 Series is “Styled to Thrill.” We couldn’t agree more! Upping the excitement, the legendary brand unveiled the BMW Concept 4 at the 68th iAA Cars Show in Frankfurt recently. This car, says Senior VP BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, “embodies the aesthetic essence of the BMW brand. It combines perfect proportions with a clear and precise design.”

The Concept 4 features bold air intakes and sleekly sculpted surfaces that exude power and performance. But the show-stopper is certainly the vertical kidney grille. It gives a nod to legendary classics, such as the BMW 328 or 3.0 CSi, while integrating intricate contemporary detailing. The grating has horizontal trim elements with a faceted cut that contrasts perfectly with the front end’s sporty design. 

The bold design of the kidney grille is emphasized by the slim twin headlights, giving the Concept 4 a thoroughly modern appeal. The LED lights are worked into the body instead of covered with glass or plastic as is typical. It is more 3D sculpture than car – but don’t worry: it drives like a dream.

BMW’s Concept 4 has a modern silhouette with stretched bonnet, long wheelbase, short overhangs, and fluid roofline, each of which underscores the vehicle’s dynamic energy. The Forbidden Red exterior paint, which appears glossy red or sleek black, depending on the light, also adds to the allure. 

This vehicle expresses BMW’s desire to stay true to its heritage while moving boldly into the future. This is a coupe’s coupe; it sets the bar for its class. 

The Concept 4 offers a look ahead and gives us a glimpse of what we can expect in the years to come. For now, visit Braman BMW’s Jupiter team to learn more about the BMW 4 Series. Sleek, sexy, and powerful, these are vehicles for the intrepid driver. 

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe | BMW 6 Series GT | Braman BMW of Jupiter, Florida

RIP: BMW 6 Series Hatchback Sedans

Out with the old, in with the new! In order to make room for new stock, sometimes you have to let go of previous models. You see it every year with different vehicle manufacturers; they phase out your favorite car series. When it happens to an industry giant and luxury automaker like BMW, however, you find yourself just a little more upset than usual! Unfortunately, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is just one of the BMWs we’re saying goodbye to in 2020.

Much like the popular villain from 2019’s hit movie series, Avengers, the powers-that-be at BMW simply snapped their fingers and got rid of the BMW 6 Series GT, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, and the BMW 3 Series GT. The company had a great idea when they decided to flood the market with hatchback sedans. Not only would you drivers be able to enjoy great gas mileage and easy maneuvering and parking due to the smaller size, they’d still be able to bask in the luxury that only BMW can provide.

While we have to be honest and say we won’t really miss the BMW 3 Series GT as much as we should, we will say that we’re devastated to be losing the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. The low, well-proportioned exterior looked amazing. The vehicle was also a smooth, great ride, perfect for long trips across the country. 

There is, however, some good news. Even though the 6 Series Coupe will be gone, the same style (or a very similar style) can be found with the 8 Series Gran Coupe. That means if you enjoyed the style of the BMW 6 Series GT, you’ll still be able to enjoy the sleek lines in the new 8 Series. Let’s embrace the new! 

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe | Front-Wheel Drive BMW 2 Series | Braman BMW of Jupiter, Florida

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Is Front-Wheel Drive

One facet we love about the recent developments in automobile making is that designers are not afraid to go outside of the box. We’re seeing innovation in motion. Designers are moving engines and experimenting with autonomous driving. BMW, of course, is always on the cutting edge of change, and they’ve decided to transform the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe into a front-wheel drive BMW 2 series.

When it comes down to business-sense, transitioning the 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe into a front-wheel drive vehicle makes a great deal of sense. It’s much easier to engineer and the setup is easier as well, which translates into a more cost-effective manufacturing process. This, in turn, means that BMW can offer some amazing deals on their new Gran Coupe. So yes, it’s great that the car is more affordable, but how does changing this around affect the drive of the vehicle? 

How a BMW drives is just as important as how it looks, and we’re happy to say that the new front-wheel drive BMW 2 Series handles like a dream. Thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which has 306 horsepower and 331 pound-ft of torque, you’ll find that you have absolutely no problem getting up to speed and doing so very quickly. 

The biggest difference with this 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is that it just seems to almost stick to the road. Due to the new configuration, the traction you get from the wheels is simply astounding, and something you’ll have to try to believe. With tight steering, great power and traction and a body that, of course, looks amazing, this new Gran Coupe is definitely going places. Visit Braman BMW Jupiter to learn more – and to put this sleek coupe to the test. 

BMW X5 M50i | BMW X7 M50i | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i Added for 2020

We were extremely excited last year when we found out that BMW intended to add to the family with the BMW X5 and its big brother, the BMW X7. That’s why we were surprised that BMW is not only bringing back the X5 and X7 for 2020, they’re planning on making them even better with the BMW X5 M50i and the BMW X7 M50i. Both of these SUVs will fall under the M Performance brand BMW collection.

So what can we expect to be different with the new BMW X5 50i and the BMW X7 M50i? We’ve learned that the engine will be the same, a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that we can find in the 50i. Both of the M50i BMWs will put out 523 horsepower as well as 553 lb-ft of torque. This gives you a 67 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque enhancement. 

With new aluminum alloy, stronger pistons, iron coating on the walls of the cylinder and a brand new, extremely exciting viscous damper on the crankshaft owners can expect to have a powerful, smooth ride. Both the BMW X5 M50i and the BMW X7 M50i will have a new launch-control function and the X7 will have new air suspension as well.

We were surprised to learn that while the X5 will have the standard 20-inch, all-season tires, the X7 is going to have huge 22-inch tires, coming standard with the much loved summer performance tires. When it comes to the interior you can expect all the same luxury you’ve come to love from BMW including sport seats, driver-assist features, LED lights and a Harman Kardon sound system. Buyers can even opt for the Dynamic Handling package which gives you more driver-assist options as well as glass controls on the interior.

Visit Braman BMW Jupiter to learn more!

2020 BMW 5 Series | 8 Series BMW | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

2020 BMW 5 Series to Have 8 Series Power

The BMW 5 Series is a much-loved group of driving machines. The M550i xDrive is so fast that it can hit 60 mph in just under 4 seconds. It’s hard to believe that BMW would make the 2020 BMW 5 Series even faster and more aggressive, but the rumors that we’ve been hearing for months have turned out to be true: the 2020 BMW 5 Series will have the power of an 8 Series BMW.

Recently BMW of Europe released a list of all of its 2020 model updates. The list showed that the upcoming 5 Series vehicle is going to have a significant power upgrade. BMW USA verified that the new 5 Series will have the N63 engine that we’ve come to love from the 8 Series BMW. So what does this mean in regards to horsepower? If you purchase your M550i near the end of 2019 and in 2020, for example, you’ll find that your new BMW has 523 hp instead of the normal 455.

Having an extra 68 hp may seem like a small amount, but we’re fairly sure that drivers will instantly be able to feel the difference. The M850i xDrive takes only 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mph. With the same engine, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if the new 5 Series is able to achieve the same level of speed – and then some. It may be speedier because it’s been proven recently that BMW is actually underrating their engines, which means it may hit 60 mph in just over 3 seconds. 

All the things we love about the 8 Series BMW paired with the sleek style of the 5 Series? It seems like a match made in heaven.

Stay tuned to the Braman BMW Jupiter blog as more details are revealed about the exciting 2020 BMW 5 Series.