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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.

BMW M8 Coupe | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW M8 Family Reveal

New vehicles from BMW – could anything be more exciting? The BMW M8 family is nothing short of gorgeous, and the performance for each of these vehicles defines this brand more than anything else ever could. 

Perks Under the Hood

The BMW M5 made a splash with its engine, and the company has carried that over for this vehicle. Under the hood sits the same 4.4 liter V8 engine so many people were enamored with in the M5, even those great Grand Tour hosts. Expect 600 BHP at launch. A Competition variant should be available at launch, and it will come with 617 BHP. 

The BMW M8 Coupe should be able to hit 100 KMPH in just 3.1 seconds. The Competition model will do the same in 3.0 seconds. A ZF eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW’s xDrive AWD system should be standard throughout the family. The Competition variant comes with stiffer springs, harder components and 15.75 carbon ceramic brakes. It should have 600 HP and 750 Nm of torque on board.

The M Performance sport brake pads have gotten quite a bit of press lately, and for good reason. They’ll offer drivers a much shorter braking distance as well as improved response times. They may even mean a higher thermal resilience on the road. They were developed from the long distance racing pads, which could make even the average driver feel a racing-style steering shift. 

Performance Even Inside the Vehicle

Inside, you’ll find so much more than you expected. The steering wheel has carbon fiber shift paddles as well as a carbon fiber leather trim. The shift symbols stand out in bold red to help emphasize the need to push it every time you get into this vehicle. You can even get easy-grip M performance floor mats with this vehicle that are non-slip and made of velvet velour with a leather-style trim. 

Carbon Fiber Parts Designed For This Vehicle

The M Performance parts were designed specifically for this vehicle series. Carbon fiber is the name of the game here, and the line is dotted with options like carbon fiber mirror caps. The radiator grille and the side decorative grille are going to look amazing flying down the road thanks to the elaborate hand-crafting carbon fiber that pulls the look of the vehicle together. 

Vehicle Pricing

This vehicle should start at $133,000 for the M8 Standard, and that means a lot to those looking for a cheaper GT alternative. The Cabriolet will run $142,500 while the Competition model will begin at $146,500. You can expect to see them available in early 2020. 

BMW iNEXT | BMW Electric SUV | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

What Is BMW iNEXT?

The BMW iNext has a 2021 launch date, so it won’t be available until the 2022 model year. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t excited about the opportunities here! BMW has already suggested this BMW electric SUV will offer a 435 mile range as well as Level 3 Autonomous technology, and the prototypes many enthusiasts have seen on the track suggest the company has much in store for potential buyers with this one. 

i Aspirations

One of the most noticeable features of this vehicle is that it looks like current BMW i models, and that’s to be expected. In spy photos from the test tracks, you can clearly see the i8 slim LED headlight design and other typical i series features like the dashboard design. You can also echoes of other BMW crossover vehicles, as the rough shape and size seems to be the same. 

It does, however, sport a flat hood design the others don’t, as well as a shorter grille. The unique panoramic windshield many have come to expect has been placed on this version of the vehicle. 

BMW iNext Display Possibilities

A huge curved display will likely separate this vehicle from its counterparts, as BMW works to refine their infotainment concept. It will likely be more driver oriented and feature the instrument cluster and that infotainment system in one, clean piece. It could literally look like it’s floating, something no other vehicle manufacture has managed to this point. Non-reflecting glass will be a must with this one, as that will help to ensure designers don’t have to create a hood to help reduce any possibility of glare with this model. BMW has suggested it will be held in place by a small magnesium bracket.  

Given the fact that it’s still very early in this process, much of this is likely to change over the next few months, but it’s getting harder not to speculate about this electric crossover. As electric vehicles continue to dominate markets today, this one will be a hot concept once enthusiasts finally get a look at its more finished form.

New BMW 8 Series Review | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

New BMW 8 Series: Behind the Wheel

The Munich design team has outdone themselves – again. The new BMW 8 Series is refined and elegant with a powerful, aggressive twist. This is the car for people who love to drive. Or those who want to fall back in love with driving. Either way, the 8 is poised to meet your highest expectations. 

According to a BMW 8 Series review by Tatler, this Beemer can take on the powerhouse Mercedes S Class Coupe and Porsche Panamera. It is, they say, a “BMW that looks like a driver’s car” and seamlessly combines power, performance, and comfort.

The 8 is available only in the M850i xDrive trim in your choice of coupe or convertible. A powerful 4.4 liter V8 churns out 523 horses and 553 lb-ft of torque, and the eight-speed automatic transmission offers a seamless driving experience. You’ll find outstanding power and grip – do take it out on those winding roads – plenty of speed, and significantly reduced wind and road noise.

One great feature is that the new BMW 8 Series offers ample room for weekend adventure gear. The trunk offers 15 cubic feet of space, and you can fold the rear seat backs down as well to increase it even more. That said, the back seats are not designed for luxurious comfort. In fact, we’d rather not ride back there. They’ll do, of course, in a pinch, but the 8 is very much designed for the driver – and one passenger!

You will also find the latest version of iDrive, Apple CarPlay, advanced safety features, and driver friendly assistive features.

The new BMW 8 Series is a stunning addition to the Bimmer family. Visit Braman BMW in Jupiter, Florida to learn more about this exceptional driving machine.

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.