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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.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster | BMW Coachella | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW i8 Roadster Designed by Khalid

BMW, Coachella, and Khalid: when these powerhouses come together, the result is sure to be magic. BMW practically created the concept of “art cars,” and has been inviting artists to collaborate, using Bimmers as their canvas, since 1975. This time around, the iconic brand turned to Khalid, one of today’s hottest musical talents.

The R&B superstar worked with BMW to create an entire fleet of vehicles that will transport celebs around the Coachella Festival. Based on Khalid’s “Free Spirit” album cover, the custom i8s are bound to strike the right note with festival-goers. They evoke the feeling of road trip adventures with great friends, great music, and, of course, great cars!

Khalid says, “”I love road-tripping, hopping in my car, and driving back home to El Paso is 12 hours each way from LA. To me, BMW, especially BMW i8, is the embodiment of freedom on the road. I really feel like a free spirit when I’m driving and listening to music. I love making music that you can crank up and drive to with the windows down.”

The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is plenty sexy on its own: it features a ragtop with a low roofline, which emphasizes its supercar lines. This model forgoes the backseat, offering more cargo room for that road trip. The i8 boasts a turbocharged 1.5 liter inline-three and electric motor, as well as a front-axle electric motor. It churns out 359 horses and can sprint from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. With excellent range in EV mode, it’s an efficient choice. And with Hybrid and Sport modes, it’s an exciting one at that.

Khalid’s creations feature fresh, vibrant colors and a sense of playful expectations. As he says, you’ll want to crank up the music and drive with the windows down. If you’re not a celebrity being chauffeured around Coachella, you can still experience the fun of the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster. Visit the experts at Braman BMW West Palm Beach to learn more!

BMW X3 Hybrid | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

BMW Launches Plug-In Hybrid X3

In the United States, nearly 400,000 hybrid vehicles are sold each year. It’s a market that only continues to grow, and the demand for a better hybrid BMW grows with it. In 2020, though, many more customers may be satisfied thanks to the Hybrid X3.

Meet the X3 xDrive 30e

The BMW X3 is a fairly popular model. In fact, many studies suggest it’s the top selling model in the United States today. The X3 xDrive30e offers the same features that have made the X3 popular, but with a pretty amazing add-on: a battery back that is estimated to go 31 miles on a charge in the European market. That translates to a fuel savings of just under a gallon for every 62 miles you drive. Those numbers may change a bit for the American market, but it’s still a pretty solid range for a vehicle of this size.

As with the X3 that has been so popular, it will be a competitor in the compact SUV market. While many feared the upgrade to electric might compromise cargo space, that just isn’t the case. Instead, the battery pack for this model fits neatly under the rear seat, leaving plenty of cargo space for the entire family. In fact, other than the badge on the vehicle, it’s going to be a bit tough to tell this hybrid BMW from its more conventional counterpart.

BMW has suggested the hybrid X3 will come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four and 292 horsepower. Testing suggests it can move from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds. All wheel drive is standard in this model. It also has an eight speed automatic transmission.

This model will be produced at BMW’s facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and it will certainly be a welcome addition to the hot hybrid market.

BMW Vision iNext | Electric SAV | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

The Latest on the BMW Vision iNEXT

Despite the fact that the company has said the expected sales launch won’t hit the market until 2021, the buzz about the BMW Vision iNext hasn’t stopped since the idea was initially announced. In fact, the model that was first shown in public last year at the Los Angeles motor show has already begun testing in prototype form in Sweden, leading to additional demands for information from the company.

While the automaker hasn’t said a lot about this electric SAV, speculation is running high, particularly after the BMW-Daimler announcement that the two manufacturers would begin working together to develop autonomous driving software, ensuring it hits the market ahead of schedule.

The News On the BMW iNext

Much of the excitement surrounding this vehicle anticipation of how it will work with you as you drive thanks to the software inside. New videos published by BMW suggest the company is working to understand how people interact with their vehicles to better create a personal assistant feel with the software under the hood.

In fact, BMW has gone as far as to suggest that the car will be able to read your body language. Opening a window, then, would be as simple as pointing to the window you wanted open and giving a one-word command. The iNext may even be able to make reservations or purchase tickets to a show for you.

The News on the Software Powering the iNext

The announcement from BMW and Daimler was a bit surprising to some, but it’s a chance to cut costs and development time for both, which may mean the BMW Vision iNext is coming sooner than expected. Together, they’ll be developing both Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous systems, which could be as ready as soon as 2020.

The goal is to offer driver assistance systems as well as those that would automate highway driving and parking. This likely won’t be the end of the collaboration, though, as they may look to work together so higher levels of automation can be reached faster.

New BMW X4 | Coupe SUV | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is the New BMW X4 M Competition a Coupe SUV?

The new BMW X4 M Competition is a resounding evolution that builds on the groundbreaking foundation of the established X4. The word “crossover” covers more and more territory every year, so how should we think of this newest BMW X4? Is it fair to call the M Competition a coupe SUV or should we look for another term?

Looks to Stun

The body style of the new BMW X4 M Competition is definitely coupe-inspired. The roof is raked at a sharp angle, evoking that you vs. the highway feel of a coupe at speed. The look itself is striking and is closer to a coupe than anything else, yet the interior space is that of an SUV.

Power Upgraded

The new S58 engine is an M-tuned, efficient, upgraded version of the already-phenomenal B58. Upgrades to the crankshaft, cylinder head, iron coating, and a closed-deck all result in an extremely durable engine that can open up more aggressively. It breathes even better thanks to a new air intake and two turbochargers.

The result in the Competition model is 510 horsepower delivering 442 lb-ft of torque. The non-competition model gets you from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds – the Competition model should get that into the threes. That’s coupe territory once again, without sacrificing the room and pragmatism of an SUV.

Astonishing Control

The underlying build adds extra bracing at the axles, a new carbon fiber strut bar, and a host of tweaks all aimed to deliver silky smooth, precise road feel. The pioneering xDrive all-wheel drive system that protects against uneven roads, as well as wet and windy weather, get an M-tuning as well. This ensures even the worst road conditions won’t sap control from the driver. A choice of modes ensures that you control the driving feel you’re most comfortable with.

Focused Safety

Together with M-spec brakes and top-of-the-line driver assist tech, this is one of the safest vehicles to let loose in. That rare combination once again fuses coupe handling to SUV capability, bringing the best safety features from each to inform the new BMW X4 M Competition.

Luxury to Spare

None of this is to miss out on the sheer luxury and exquisite M-branded aesthetics of the interior. There’s a lot to say about the exterior, power, control, and safety of the X4 M Competition. All of them leave you with one conclusion: it’s absolutely a coupe SUV. Step inside, though, and you might just take to calling the newest BMW X4 a spaceship.