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BMW 3 series

Which New BMW 3 Series Should You Buy?

You cannot go wrong with any of the BMW 3 Series models; this line is one of the brand’s best-performing – and for good reason. It offers a unique blend of practicality and performance, comfort and convenience. All wrapped up in a luxurious package. While many BMW fans feel that the 3 Series stagnated in the last few years, the seventh-generation not only looks stunning, it has the performance chops you expect.

The new BMW 3 Series is visually stunning and arguably the most aggressive, athletic 3 to hit the road in a generation. Let’s look at two models, the 330i and the M340i and see how they compare:

The 330i features a turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, producing a very respectable 225 horsepower and 294 pound-feet of torque. The M model’s turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six boosts those figures to 382 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque. It’s not just the size of the engine that differs: the M340i offers a limited slip differential for the rear axle, revamped wheel camber, and stiffer suspension (with a 0.4 inch lower ride). Aesthetically, the M340i boasts a distinctive grille.

Both the 330i and M340i are available in rear or all wheel drive and with an eight-speed automatic transmission. To get a more aggressive drive with the 330i, you can opt for the M Sport package for an additional $5200. 

Which new BMW 3 Series is right for you? Most of the time, both models drive the same, offering comfort on the highway and a reassuring grip. In real-world driving conditions, the 330i and M340i acquit themselves admirably. Bottom line: it’s up to you! If you want a bit more power and aggression, the M340i is a great choice… but the 330i is no slouch either, especially with the M Sport package. Visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach, and our team will be happy to help you make the right call for you.

2019 BMW X3 M40i, BMW performance

2019 BMW X3 M40i: What to Know

Considering a 2019 BMW X3 M40i? There’s much to know about this amazing vehicle, and a bit of quick exploration will have you impressed and ready to buy. 

BMW performance is what everyone is looking for with a vehicle like this, and it absolutely delivers. Under the hood, you’ll find a three liter turbocharged inline six cylinder engine that delivers in the performance category. With 355 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque, you’re getting the twisting force you deserve from a BMW. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it can move from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds. It does come with all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension. 

Fortunately, the features on this one don’t stop under the hood. It’s a beautiful, comfortable crossover, too. Expect some standard M Sport design touches throughout. While outside you find a number of powerful features like high gloss roof rails, double spoke 21 inch wheels, and the standard angular fascia, inside you’ll find cozy sport seats and the traditional M steering wheel. The infotainment system offers great navigational touches, Harman Kardon audio, and a WiFi hot spot, as well as the ability to connect to Apple CarPlay. It’s a bright, airy cabin that you can expect to seat five, but comfortably fit four. 

Safety matters here, as well, as it offers a great collision warning system and adaptive cruise control. You’ll also find a 360 degree camera and blind spot monitoring. Lane departure warning and active cruise control are an add-on to this package that is well worth considering. Front, side impact, and overhead airbags are all also available on this model. 

You’ll find an attractive price tag with this model, too, at just $68,500. Ready to learn more? Contact us for a test drive today. 

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2020 BMW M8: Behind the Wheel

If you haven’t yet had the chance to meet the 2020 BMW M8, there’s no time like the present. It comes in two exciting varieties: the traditional Coupe and the Competition Package. The 2020 BMW M8 Convertible starts at $122,995, unless of course you’d like to upgrade to the Competition package, then you can expect to see a price tag of $146,995. The M8 Coupe, though, you can get for a bit less at $112,895. You can choose to add options like carbon ceramic brakes, a better sound system by Bowers & Wilkins, or even a carbon exterior package. 

Pricing for this model is incredibly close to the top of their line ($158,695 for the M760i), and for good reason. It’s a beautiful machine packed with features whether you choose the Competition upgrade or you’d rather stick with the standard model. 

The first thing you’ll likely notice is just how gorgeous this model is. It has a strong presence with a beautiful finish throughout the cabin. You’ll see those carbon echoes almost everywhere. Add in the dark trim and incredibly supportive seats, and you have a car you could ride in for hours.

Choose the Convertible to bring a bit of the world around you inside in a hurry. You can lower the top at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour, and it takes just fifteen seconds to do. There’s even a wind deflector that will help lower the noise inside the cabin when the top is down. You’ll love the seat and neck warmers to help keep you toasty when it’s chilly outside. 

Performance, though, is what really matters in both the M8 Coupe and the Convertible. Corner speeds here are absolutely incredibly thanks to the sophisticated steering system. You’ll never find the tendency to under steer or hesitation to move forward. The carbon ceramic brakes option means you’ll be able to stop quickly when it becomes necessary.

The All-Wheel-Drive Sport mode means the ability to accelerate quickly and powerfully, and BMW has suggested you can move from 0-60 in just three seconds. This rear-based all-wheel-drive system is maneuverable. Weighing in at 4,300 pounds, it’s not as agile as lighter cars, but the chassis is stiff, and the suspension has been carefully tuned to make it feel lighter than it is. The steering in this machine always gives you the feedback you need. 

The extensive power reserves are helpful, though they may never be used on the streets. The quiet exhaust is nice as well, though you can choose to make things a bit louder with a single touch of a button on the console. 

The 2020 BMW M8 in any form comes with lots of great body control, and it’s incredibly responsive. Ride is always comfortable, even when you’re driving over rough pavement. Choose the Competition Package for stiffer engine mounts, stronger front suspension camber, and ball joints, all of which make this an amazing ride. 

Both options include twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. In the standard version, you can expect 600 hp. In the competition version, expect 617 hp. For both, torque is 553 pound-feet. 

Keep in mind that you’re not going to do a lot of entertaining with this vehicle, as it has minuscule rear seats, but if you’re looking for serious driver comfort and high-speed capabilities, this is absolutely the right vehicle to meet your needs. 

2019 BMW 330i | 2019 BMW 3-Series | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, South Florida

2019 BMW 330i By the Numbers

The 2019 BMW 330i is a sporty little beast! And more good news: the driving experience is much improved over the previous model. This is the seventh generation of the 330i, so let’s take a look at how it stacks up in terms of performance.

2019 BMW 3-Series: The Legend Continues

The 3-Series is one of the most enduringly popular series in the venerable automaker’s history.  It balances like fuel efficiency and safety features with comfort and luxury. The 2019 330i model by the numbers:

Horsepower 255 hp
Torque 295 lb – ft 
MPG 26 City / 36 Highway (Up up to 42 at 75 mph!) *
Engine2.0 L TwinTurbo Inline 4 Cylinder 
Transmission8 Speed Automatic 
Drive TrainRear Wheel Drive (Optional All Wheel Drive in 330i xDrive)
0 – 60 MPH Acceleration 5.4 Seconds 

* The 330i outdoes many vehicles that tout their fuel-efficiency – and even some hybrids! This is a remarkable feat.

The 2019 models adds 1.6 inches to the wheelbase, a bit more legroom in the back cabin, 4 more cubic feet of cargo space (17 cubic feet versus 13 in the previous model).

The 330i performs like a BMW should, and optional xDrive and M models up the ante even more. They are a true joy to drive, and precision and handling is on-point. 

Inside, the experience continues. The 2019 BMW 330i is, as a Cars.com review notes, a “technology powerhouse” with a 12.3 inch digital instrument panel, 8.8 inch standard multimedia touchscreen (optional 10.25 inch), voice commands, and even gesture control. Apple CarPlay connectivity is free for the first year and available for a flat rate thereafter. 

There is also a host of optional safety features, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot warnings, forward automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, backup assistant, and – we love it! – Extended Traffic Jam Assistant.

If you are interested in a 2019 BMW 3-Series, visit Braman BMW West Palm Beach. Our friendly experts are happy to answer all your questions.

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.

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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.