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2020 BMW X | New X6 | Braman BMW in Jupiter, Florida

BMW Coats New X6 in Vantablack

In November, BMW unveiled a special edition of the new X6 at the recent Frankfurt Auto Show. What’s remarkable about this model? The paint. Yes, really! It is coated in the edgy, innovative Vantablack VBx2 finish. The world’s “blackest black” is head-turning, and this stunning special edition does not disappoint. 

The original Vantablack, which is now owned exclusively by artist Anish Kapoor, absorbs an astonishing 99% of light, which makes it the darkest pigment – blackest black – in the world. BMW’s Vantablack VBx2 is just as deep but manages to offer reflection from every angle: not only does this make it more suitable for a vehicle finish than the original, but produces an even more stunning effect.

The super-saturated pigment emphasizes the 2020 BMW X model’s aggressive grille and lights. The overall effect? Think of it like a crouching leopard, tensed and ready to spring at its prey. 

What’s so special about Vantablack? It was invented in 2014 to be used as a coating for components that would be launched into space. The lack of light absorption would enable observation of galaxies far, far away.

Ben Jensen, the inventor himself, has been approached by automakers who want to utilize this blacker than black coating. But he held out. Until he met the new X6. “I think it worked really well on the BMW X6, because of the size of the car, its distinctive shape, and how imposing it is.” 

As a finish for everyday driving, though, Vantablack BBx2 is a long way from hitting production lines. We’ll just have to marvel at the special edition! But the line of 2020 BMW X models are distinctive and imposing in their own right. Visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach to explore the Ultimate Driving Machine’s exciting new addition. 

Level 3 autonomous driving | 2021 BMW iNext steering wheel | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

About the 2021 BMW iNext Steering Wheel

Whenever BMW offers us a glimpse of their latest vehicle in development, we can’t help but get a thrill. The recent sneak peek of the 2021 BMW iNext steering wheel, however, had us scratching our heads and gave us far more questions than it did answers. What makes this steering wheel so different? Will the 2021 BMW iNext be able to handle level 3 autonomous driving?

The first thing to note when you look at the sneak peek that BMW gave us is the shape of the steering wheel. We’re all used to a traditional steering wheel being round. This steering wheel, however, definitely does not conform to the norm! Instead, it has a wheel that has a much more polygonal in shape. Shaped more like a hexagon, this steering wheel is supposedly designed to make it easier to see the gauge clusters on the dash. 

This is good because apparently there are a lot of screens to look at in this next BMW. The company claims that there is also another great reason why those chose to forego the classic round shape: to help the driver know what steering angle the vehicle is at if they choose to take over control.

Yes, this BMW is going to have level 3 autonomous driving as an option. It is, in fact, going to be the first BMW to do so. What does level 3 autonomous driving mean? There are 5 autonomous driving levels and level 3 means that this vehicle will be able to fully take over driving in specific conditions. For example, if you’re on a highway or interstate that has all traffic going one way with no expected railroad or vehicle crossings, the 2021 BMW iNext steering wheel has LEDs on the wheel which will light up and tell you that autonomous driving is an option. The innovative shape has certainly piqued our interest.

Electric BMW 5 Series | Next Generation BMW 5 Series | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Fully Electric BMW 5 Series to Arrive in 2023

Consumer demand is one of the most important factors to consider when creating new products for your customers. In the auto industry, vehicle designers need to look at what the public wants and is buying versus to steer their lines in the right direction. In high demand now are electric vehicles (EV’s). In the world of BMW, it’s important that fans know the company is listening to them. Not only will we be getting an electric BMW 5 Series in a handful of years, the next generation BMW 5 Series is going to focus on offering features customers truly want, including a rear-wheel drive option and the popular xDrive system.

How serious is BMW about EVs in the future? They’re so focused and serious they chose to oust the CEO of BMW because he was very reluctant to embrace the transition to an electronic market. Harald Krüger did well when it came to ensuring production ran smoothly but his hesitancy to transition to EV’s is something that cost him his job. 

There had already been a plan in place to create vehicles that handled the combustion engine BMW is known for but that also could handle the EV drivetrains. The plan in place for the electric BMW 5 Series is still the same as it was, only now it’s on a much quicker timeline. Expect the new generation BMW 5 Series to have some serious power, so much so that experts are saying it will be able to directly compete with the Tesla Model S. A new EV BMW that’s going to be powerful and sleek enough to compete with Tesla? We’re definitely excited for that!

If you’re interested in EVs and the upcoming electric BMW 5 Series, visit Braman BMW West Palm Beach. Our experts can put you on the path towards your dream vehicle.

2019 BMW M850i Convertible Review | Grand Tourer BMW | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW M850i Convertible Reviews Are In

Vehicles cater to different needs. In general, most vans are designed for large families or groups of people, SUVs are perfect for a small family or people toting sports gear along with them, and grand touring cars are about enjoying your drive. They’re designed to not only look amazing, but to give you the type of ride that you always dreamed of experiencing. When it comes to grand touring cars, Bimmer shines. The 2019 BMW M850i convertible reviews are in, and the auto world is salivating over this latest option.

This grand tourer BMW is the type of vehicle that turns heads anywhere it may happen to be, and not just because it’s 16 feet long. It has a powered soft top which can be lowered or raised in just 15 seconds. Unlike some convertible vehicles, this grand tourer BMW allows you to raise or lower the roof even if you’re driving up to 30 mph as well. BMW has even included a pop-up wind blocker that can be placed in the rear of the vehicle in order to decrease the wind in the cabin once the top is down.

If you’re worried about getting chilly, add on the $400 front-seat warming air option. This blows warm air through the headrest of the front seat which means that you’ll be able to drive this BMW even into the cooler days of autumn.

All of the 2019 BMW M850i convertible reviews praise the well-appointed cabin, comfortable seats and modern interior look and the ride quality. This vehicle will tempt even the most fastidious of business people to take an early lunch Friday, go for a ride and not return to the office!

BMW X8 | New Luxury SUV | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

BMW X8 Rumors Continue to Swirl

he rumor mill just won’t stop churning when it comes to the BMW X8. For over a year, the word has been spreading that BMW is creating a new SUV that boosts the decadence factor over the X7. It’s rumored that the BMW X8 will be an extremely luxurious model with a bespoke finish, a feature that BMW lovers are particularly excited about. A new luxury SUV that’s created by one of the best, high-quality manufacturers on the market: of course people are buzzing about it!

What’s going on underneath the hood? Autocar recently stated that the M cars will have a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine. Mid-range models of the BMW X8 will have an inline-six 3.0 liter saving the V8 4.0 liter for the top-of-the-line model. While we have no concrete proof yet that this is going to happen, insiders have said that there is going to be something that every BMW lover will enjoy in this new luxury SUV. They also hope to entice customers who have never owned a BMW but who are looking for a luxury SUV to take a chance with BMW.

It’s also important to note that, unlike some companies, BMW is going to keep the manual gearbox and will also offer an automatic transmission. There is still some debate as to if the interior will have a third row of seats, although we do know it is planned to have a four-seat layout in the two front rows. We’re pretty sure that BMW will find some amazing success with this new luxury SUV. 

With the same power and luxury that you’ve come to know from BMW, and a lot more room for families to enjoy, it’s sure to be a stand out in the SUV world.

Stay tuned to the Braman BMW West Palm Beach blog as more details unfold about the exciting BMW X8!

New BMW Z4 | BMW Soft Top | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

New BMW Z4 Goes Soft

BMW recently announced the new BMW Z4 will only be available as a soft top, not a hard top, a decision that has many in the industry raising their eyebrows. 

In a recent interview with GoAuto, designers for this iconic brand indicated that it was performance that was driving their decisions with this BMW soft top move. The engineering team took the soft top idea, though, and advanced it a step, pushing for a folding soft top instead of the more common design. Inside the fabric, however, designers have hidden small z-fold metal panels to make the car look amazing even with the top up. 

Almost everything looks softer with this car, as they’ve chosen to push ahead with a mesh interior instead of the typical slats on the kidney shaped grilles of this vehicle. This is a massive change for the brand, so big in fact that it took the idea nearly a year and a half to work through the BMW executive team for permission to move forward with it. 

Other pieces of this car are just as eye-catching. The trademark double round lights that signal this vehicle belongs in the BMW family have been reimagined as stacked LED clusters. The rear lights are reminiscent of the i8, yet they seem to echo the Z8 that was released at the turn of the century – something designers have suggested was important when they came up with this concept. 

Even the inside of this vehicle screams design difference, as you’ll find two 10.2 inch screens, one of which replaces what you might see in a more traditional instrument layout and one that plays host to the new infotainment system BMW has spent much press discussing. The driver sits further forward than in previous models thanks to a higher beltline.

The softness, though, ends at the design beauty, as the engineering team has put together a car that enthusiasts will certainly appreciate. The new BMW Z4 will do 0 – 62 in 4.6 seconds, and it has the ability to reach top speeds of 155 mph. An eight-speed automatic gearbox graces the vehicle and there are paddle shifters on the steering column. 

Ready to take delivery of this one? They’re already starting, and it comes in at just half the price of the i8, a nice change of pace for those looking for a beautiful sports car with softer edges.

2020 BMW M3 | BMW M3 Design | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

What Engine Is in the 2020 BMW M3?

The 2020 BMW M3 has been making headlines for months for a number of different reasons, but one point of intrigue has remained among enthusiasts – the engine. After all of the news releases, BMW hasn’t really said anything to this point, and the camouflaged test runs only make understanding the BMW M3 design and engine that much more tantalizing. What’s really under the hood on this beautiful model? Hints and secrets still abound on this model, but there are a few clear signals. 

Three Levels of Power

Most industry experts agree that the M3 will have the S58 3-litre straight six engine you see today in the X3 M and the X3 M competition. Two turbochargers should be part of the package. Most also agree that you’ll be able to get a pure version of the M3 that offers a manual transmission, rear-wheel drive, and an output of 444 horsepower.

You may be able to top that with the base model, though, which will increase that number to 475 horsepower. Unfortunately, you can probably only get that model with an eight speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. At the top of the spectrum will be the competition model. It should include 500 horsepower and have an automatic transmission that pushes power to all four wheels. 

A Closer Look at the Body

Getting a closer look under the hood isn’t the only thing most enthusiasts want from BMW when it comes to the M3. It would also be nice to just see the beautiful BMW M3 design as a whole, but even there, the only reports available are based on spy photos from test track footage. 

The M3 will share a large front end with bigger kidney grilles with the M4 design. The kidney grille, however, goes into the front bumper on this vehicle. The exhaust design has been a point of discussion among enthusiasts recently as well. The muffler is the same style the M2 Competition model is using, which makes it fairly large and low-hanging compared to many other vehicles. 

You likely won’t be able to see any of this until the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, but even then, BMW hasn’t said whether it will be showcasing a production model or a concept car, as production isn’t expected to start until the second half of 2020. 

In the meantime, visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach. We’re here to help answer your questions – and show you our extensive selection of the best Bimmers on the market.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe | BMW Gran Coupe | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, South Florida

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Debut

If you are among those who feel that the 8 Series Coupe is a bit… well, stubby… you’re in for a treat. The longer, sleeker, sexier BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe proves that an extra few inches – and superior engineering and design – can go a long way in transforming an already luxurious vehicle into a powerhouse market leader.

The updated BMW Gran Coupe has been teased for the past year. Bimmer finally released photos, and they have proven worth the wait. The new 8 will be a four door version of the current model, and we can best see the shift in proportions on the long fastback roof. The longer wheelbase also facilitates even more smooth and seamless handling.

The 2020 Gran Coupe will ride on the same platform as the 7 Series, the CLAR modular design. Performance stats are impressive: it’ll boast 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque in the entry level 840i. An upgrade to the M850i will give you a powerful 4.4 liter twin turbocharged V8, generating 523 hp. An uprated version of the M850i will top 600 hp.

Inside, we’ll be treated to an upscale interior with digital screens, an advanced infotainment hub, seats lined in premium Merino leather with optional contrast stitching, and other BMW-worthy touches.

The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe runs with the big boys, competing against the Mercedes CLS and AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, the Porsche Panamera, the Audi A7 Sportback, and the Maserati Ghibli. It’ll start at just under $86,000, with the M850i starting at just under $110,000.

If you are interested in learning more about this gorgeous new BMW Gran Coupe, visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach, Florida. We’re happy to answer all of your questions. Who else is looking forward to 2020?

BMW 5 Series Carbon Edition | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, South Florida

Coming Soon: BMW 5 Series Carbon Edition

For more than four decades, the BMW 5 Series has set the bar for performance and style in the sedan class. But you’ve never seen it like this… get ready for the new Carbon Edition package and a host of M Performance elements that will elevate the driving experience even further.

A Sleek, Edgy BMW 5 Series

The Carbon Edition will be available for the 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, and 540i xDrive models. As you’d expect from the name, it’ll feature carbon fiber elements, including trunk lid spoiler, rear diffuser, front spoiler lip, and front splitter. There will be some sleek black trim on the bumper and a set of special rocker panel decals.

We will also be treated to some upgrades, such as M-branded brakes, M Sport suspension, M Sport steering wheel, 19 inch alloy wheels with a double-spoke design, and luxurious black Dakota leather with blue stitching on the M Sport seats.

All in all, the Carbon Edition offers an edgier look and feel. As always, we’ll be treated to stellar engineering and design and refined performance. It’s everything you want in the vaunted 5 Series – and then some. 

The package adds about $4670 to the price of the BMW 5 Series, a veritable bargain for fans of the Ultimate Driving Machine and, specifically, those who love those powerful M Performance components. 

If you have questions about the Carbon Edition, stop and see the experts at Braman BMW in West Palm Beach, Florida. We’re here with the answers you need – and the vehicles you want. Come in for a car buying experience like no other; we pride ourselves on delivering the best customer service in the industry.

2019 BMW X7 | Big SUV | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW X7 Delivers Big SUV Luxury

There are SUVs and SAVs that combine car-like handling with a bit more room for passengers and cargo alike. And then there’s the 2019 BMW X7. The latest in BMW’s already impressive line of sports utility vehicles, the X7 is the biggest and, some argue, the most luxurious. For a brand built on luxury, that is saying something!

This big SUV has a 122-inch wheelbase, besting the Audi Q7 by over four inches. This not only creates a more comfortable, smooth ride, it increases space for the second and third row passengers. The people lounging in the back are no longer an afterthought!

More SAV (sports activity vehicle) than SUV, the X7 is designed for stellar handling. The optional xOffroad package raises the ground clearance, adds an off-road differential lock, front skid plate, underguard, and off-road modes. The 2019 is not an off-roader – and doesn’t claim to be. What it is is a luxury vehicle with room for family and friends – and it’s a head-turner.

BMW’s gifted the X7 with a bold extra-large kidney grill, LED headlights, stylishly tapered greenhouse (windshield, side and rear windows), longer and larger rear doors for each ingress and egress, and an athletic, dynamic body. You’ll also find a split tailgate for each cargo loading (and a convenient bench if you love tailgating), foldable second and third row seats for more cargo, and dynamic interior lights. If you want to go all out, opt for the Sky Lounge Panoramic Glass Roof with its 15,000 illuminated graphic patterns.

The X7 is available with a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six with 335 horses or a twin-turbo 4.4 liter V8 that generates 456 hp. If you want power, it’s worth the upgrade to the V8.

The 2019 BMW X7 handles like a dream, despite its size, and guarantees a luxurious ride whether you’re commuting to work, taking the family for a trip, or running errands. Stop in and see us to learn more about this big SUV.