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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.

BMW M4 Convertible | BMW M4 Colors | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Color Update

The BMW M4 convertible will see similar updates as those being made to various other BMW models this year. That means a host of new aesthetic choices. The new BMW M4 colors are especially exciting. In particular, the Frozen Dark Blue II BMW Individual livery takes the breath away.

A More Dramatic Entrance

Seeing it fully realized conveys a dramatic change in aesthetic for the BMW M4 convertible. Convertibles are often available in a range of colors, but it’s the bright ones that usually take center stage. After all, these are cars made to shine when the sun’s out, so to speak, and those bright hues naturally catch the eye.

Dark colors are often dismissed as muted. What if they could be deepened instead? What if a new BMW M4 convertible chose to absorb and enrapture the eye with a depth of color that emboldens every line and feature?

Of all BMW M4 colors, Frozen Blue II does this best. The deep-as-midnight color brings out the M4’s aggressive headlights and precise lines and grilles. The rear end sees a new evolution – subtle but marked. Darker-colored tail lights look more aggressive and highlight the light inside them even better.

Reflecting the M4’s Power

The BMW M4 convertible F83 LCI Competition Model is powered by a twin-turbo, six-cylinder that empowers you with 450 horsepower. A black M4 badge on the rear and wheels call out its Competition Model status. The more basic 431 horsepower model is also available. Either way, the tech inside the BMW M4 is still as stellar as ever.

The Frozen Dark Blue II BMW Individual livery is worth talking about. Brightly colored convertibles look fun and cheery – there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s a good choice for many. Frozen Dark Blue II is designed to bring out what makes the M4 convertible so dynamic and powerful – and that’s a better choice for some.

Reliable BMWs | Nice BMW Cars | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

Are BMWs Reliable?

BMWs are built with a high degree of precision. This has raised some questions about reliability, but they’re unearned. Reliable BMWs are as widespread as any other make, and there are many nice BMW cars and SUVs that can last for decades when well cared for.

Engines that Last

The most enduring part of a BMW is the engine. The precision that goes behind its design and build isn’t just for kicks. It’s because a vehicle built from the core with that precision in mind can deliver a feel that’s unparalleled in any other make.

BMWs are designed to remove so much of the delay between your action as a driver and the vehicle’s response. This makes driving more immediate. That’s what precision gets you, and that means better safety, better handling, and an overall better experience.

Luxury Still Needs an Oil Change

Maintain a BMW with regular oil changes and get its inspections on time, and you’ll decrease the risk that anything begins to fail.

Some owners imagine that owning a luxury car or SUV means they don’t have to take care of it. This leads to missed oil changes and other minor maintenance not being done on time. This obviously leads to decreased reliability – it would for any vehicle. A luxury car or SUV still needs oil changes done just like any other – unless you’re looking at BMW’s increasing line-up of electric vehicles.

Improvements in the Modern Era

Reliable BMWs are plentiful because they have reliable owners.

Some older BMWs have issues with window regulators, door locks – issues away from the engine – but those were early days and most of those models are more prized for being classics. And a classic is bound to need a bit of work.

If you’re looking for nice BMW cars and SUVs, the modern series of the last several years and the series which are debuting or upcoming – these are the most reliable BMWs ever made. You can have confidence that a BMW can deliver the precision you want for a long time to come, so long as you put a bit of care into it.

G20-gen BMW 3 Series Comparison | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

G20-Gen BMW 3 Series vs. the Competition

The G20-gen BMW 3 Series may be BMW’s most exciting launch. It’s received widespread praise and eager comparisons to its competition. A recent BMW 3 Series comparison was a toe-to-toe one performed by Auto Express. Can the Mercedes Benz C-Class or Jaguar XE really compare, or do they fall short?

An Easy Answer

The comparison threw the BMW 320d M Sport, Mercedes Benz C220d AMG Line, and the Jaguar 20d R Sport into a no holds barred competition. These models are good competitors for the automotive segment they inhabit.

It turns out the G20-gen BMW 3 Series is unparalleled. Neither the Benz nor the Jaguar really held their own. Benz’s C-Class was a hair quicker at launch, cutting the BMW’s 0-60 mph time by a tenth of a second. (The Jaguar was a full 1.5 seconds slower.) That’s an important measure, but both competitors fell off when measuring each car’s acceleration at speed. Here, the BMW easily outmaneuvered the Benz and the Jag.

Raising the Bar

The 3 Series impressed with smooth shifts and agility. This is no surprise. BMW has long focused on the driver experience as one of dynamic decision-making and control. That means having an immediate feel for how the car responds to every command. By comparison, Auto Express highlighted “hesitation and jerkiness” for the Benz and Jag.

The BMW also surpassed its competitors on its refinement. The exquisite interior is made more so by a “hushed” composure. They called the damping “plush and smooth,” which makes for a very comfortable ride. They also enjoyed the sheer amount of legroom and width to move your arms around, a striking improvement on the “cramped-feeling Jag.”

The Final Tally

In their final tally of the BMW 3 Series comparison, Auto Express decided the G20-gen BMW 3 Series ran away with the crown and it wasn’t close. The Benz came in a distant second due to concerns about its feel and agility. Once top of its class, the Jaguar XE came in last due to the aged tech both in the cabin and under the hood, as well as a cramped interior.

Sometimes, these comparisons in a certain segment are a bit closer. When there’s a gulf in quality as clear as this, however, the winner’s obvious.

BMW M5 Everyday Supercar | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Why the BMW M5 Is an Everyday Supercar

You have a family. You have responsibilities. You need a reliable, practical vehicle that’s comfortable and spacious enough for your commute, running errands, or bringing the kids to soccer practice. But… don’t you want a little fun – and a lot of power? Wouldn’t it be great to roar through twists and turns and put your car to the test (without the kids!)? You can: the BMW M5 is an everyday supercar. Do not compromise!

What Is a Supercar?

A supercar is a high-performance luxury sports car or grand tourer: the Ferrari 488 GTB, the McLaren 720S, the Lamborghini Huracán and Aventador… these cars are truly in a class of their own. And the BMW M5 more than keeps up with the big, ultra-exclusive boys. Fast, fun, capable, and safe, it is an ideal choice for those who want to integrate their wild side with their responsible side.

BMW M5 Features

The M5 features a 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 that churns out 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 2.99 seconds, it is one of the fastest sedans in the world. And it is arguably the most fun to drive. Add to this fantastic steering, stellar control, cat-like agility, and exquisite comfort, this model is undoubtedly an everyday supercar, perhaps the only one in existence!

Driving a supercar is an experience unlike any other; the BMW M5 makes it possible to do it everyday. Even trips to the grocery store will become adventures! At the same time, the sleek lines and immense visual appeal of the vehicle guarantees it will turn heads wherever you go.

Visit West Palm Beach’s premier BMW dealership to learn more about the everyday supercar everyone’s talking about. Braman is happy to answer your questions – and take you on the test drive of your life!