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2019 BMW xDrive Coupe | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW m850i to Arrive in Time for the Holidays

Three of the biggest shopping days of the year are the three Saturdays before Christmas. Thankfully, one of the most anticipated 2019 BMW models is making its appearance in showrooms on Dec. 8. A great holiday present in the nick of time, the latest BMW xDrive Coupe is the M850i. It has a sleek aesthetic and tight handling that delivers nifty, agile performance.

What Is xDrive?

The 2019 BMW M850i Coupe is the latest BMW to feature the incredible xDrive system. What is this exactly? A BMW xDrive Coupe is a car that uses a unique all-wheel drive technology to help return more control to the driver. Think about it this way: when you’re driving on slick and uneven surfaces, most cars will lose some control. The xDrive system fixes this by reading road conditions and your grip on any surface millisecond to millisecond.

If road conditions mean a pothole takes grip away from one tire, the xDrive system automatically lends more power to the others until you get that grip back. This means you don’t lose the road control like you would on other cars. It helps prevent sliding out on turns or bumps, especially in windy and rainy conditions or on badly kept roads. This makes it perfect for the weather Florida sometimes gets.

2019 BMW M850i Specs

The 2019 BMW M850i Coupe comes with plenty of power. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter, 523-horsepower V8 engine delivers 553 lb-ft of torque. Launch control gives you the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.7 seconds. Its price point is expected to start at $111,900.

A range of options will be available, down to aesthetic features like carbon fiber exterior trim and performance features like M sport brakes, just to name a couple. A convertible variant is expected to join the M850i lineup in March 2019 as well.

Excited? We are too!

BMW iPerformance | BMW 530e | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

How Does BMW iPerformance Work?

How exactly does BMW iPerformance work? This is the model designation given to all BMW plug-in hybrids. The BMW 530e is a stellar example of how the technology works efficiently to make your life easier.

Hybrid Power

BMW has built models like the 530e to be superior examples of hybrid performance. BMW iPerformance starts with a hybrid powertrain. In the 530e’s case, this means a 2.0-liter, inline-4 at 180 hp combined with a synchronous AC motor at 111 hp. The combined output is 248 hp at a powerful 310 lb-ft. of torque.

BMW gives you a range of different options depending on what your trip needs. You can drive on electric alone, for instance. The electric-only range is 28.5 miles. This is perfect for running local errands and some daily commutes. The idea is that for these types of drives, you should have the opportunity to do this with zero emissions.

The Full Powertrain

A longer trip means utilizing the full powertrain. Here, your range is vastly increased. You get the BMW performance that you know and love, increasing the top speed from 87 mph to 146 mph. You can also use the internal combustion engine alone as the battery recharges.

BMW eDrive allows you to manage these different settings with the press of a button. BMW iPerformance means you can let the car do the thinking about the battery if you want. For instance, Auto eDrive means the car will decide when to use each engine. Max eDrive only uses the electric engine, unless you require more power. Finally, Battery Control means the BMW 530e will switch to the combustion engine when the battery dips below a pre-set level. It’s easy to understand and manage.


These settings are separate from driving modes like Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, and Adaptive. These kinds of experience settings adjust how the acceleration is mapped, the suspension is handled, and how the car steers. BMW eDrive deals strictly with the relationship between engines in the hybrid powertrain.

In all, iPerformance cars like the BMW 530e make handling a hybrid easy to understand and manage. Combine this with the impressive technology line-up inside the car and you’ve got a car that saves you on stress, fuel costs, and that saves the planet while it’s at it.

2019 BMW i3 | BMW i3 battery | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

BMW Announces Next Chapter in i3 Electromobility

The BMW i3 battery is what allows the 2019 BMW i3 to get about on all-electric power. When it first debuted in 2014, the i3 delivered enough range for a few days’ commute back and forth to work. This enabled you to only have to recharge it every 2 or 3 days. Technology has improved vastly since then, making the new i3 nearly twice as capable.

Increased Range with Zero Emissions

The BMW i3 launched in 2014 with a battery capacity of 60 Ah (ampere hours). This equated to an 81 mile electric range. Fast forward a few years and that capacity has doubled to 120 Ah. That means a 42.2 killowatt-hour battery, but what does this mean for range? That increases the electric range on the 2019 BMW i3 to 153 miles. That’s almost doubles its original 2014 range, and it’s about 30-percent better than the 2017 i3.

Charge Only Once a Week

What this means is that many will only have to recharge the BMW i3 battery once a week. It’s ideal for daily commutes and running local errands with a clean conscience – the i3 is one of the best selling zero-emissions vehicles in history. Certainly, it’s a relief to avoid stopping and paying for gas all the time. Plugging the car in overnight to recharge removes any hassle or unexpected stops and refreshes that 153 mile range.

Performance & Design

The light and strong construction means it handles as you’d expect a BMW should. As BMW’s first zero-emissions vehicle, it also performs in design and interior trim. The 2019 BMW i3 is a standout car in every respect. This makes a lot of sense seeing as how BMW is trying to carve a new market niche with it and wants to create a lasting impression.

These range improvements are expected to carry over to the 2019 i3 REX (range extender model), which features an optional gasoline engine for additional range.

Interested in this lean, green Ultimate Driving Machine? Stop by and see us today!

2019 BMW X3 changes | Rear wheel drive vs. all wheel drive | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is There a BMW X3 Rear Wheel Drive?

The BMW X3 has proved incredibly popular. There’s one question that’s often asked: will there ever be a rear wheel drive model? One of the 2019 BMW X3 changes is a rear wheel drive option: meet the BMW X3 sDrive30i.

What’s the difference between rear wheel drive vs. all wheel drive? That’s a good question, and there are unique answers to driving in Florida.

Rear Wheel Drive vs. All Wheel Drive

Rear wheel drive means that all of the power the engine produces is sent to the two rear wheels, allowing the front wheels to focus exclusively on steering. BMW sDrive is the powerful rear wheel drive system developed for BMW cars and crossovers. BMW xDrive is the all wheel drive system, and it sends power to all four wheels.

Are There Advantages to Rear Wheel Drive?

Yes. Rear wheel drive lends a vehicle an agile and powerful feel. There’s a punch to acceleration, particularly off turns. It’s strong on road holding and handling corners. Turning at speed feels more natural and thus enable drivers to handle a car more nimbly. Rear wheel drive vehicles are also more fuel efficient.

Are There Advantages to All Wheel Drive?

All wheel drive has remarkable traction. This helps you maintain control in bad weather. All wheel drive is also optimal for rough terrain and uneven roads. This is because when you lose traction on one tire, you’ve still got the other three churning away.

Which Should I Choose?

The easiest way to answer this is to take each version for a test drive. You’ll quickly notice the differences and which feels better to you. They’re both very strong choices, and your needs and driving style will help you make the right choice.

The 2019 BMW X3 changes mean that you have two choices in how you like to drive. Both versions are very capable. They’re strong across the board. This choice comes down to a matter of where you want the BMW X3 to really excel. The rear wheel drive 2019 BMW sDrive 30i should come in as somewhat more affordable than its all wheel drive cousin, so get that test drive in while there’s still time.

2018 BMW X1 Interior | BMW X1 Lease | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is the BMW X1 Considered an SUV

Some of the greatest minds have asked themselves questions that seem to have no answers. What is the meaning of life? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is the BMW X1 an SUV or an oversized sports car? At long last, we can answer at least one of these!

It’s been asked before when people glimpse the 2018 BMW X1 interior and think about a BMW X1 lease. Is this technically an SUV?

Best of Both Worlds

Yes. The BMW X1 is a luxury subcompact SUV, more commonly called a crossover. A crossover provides car-like acceleration and handling and combines this with SUV-like passenger room and cargo space.

It’s the first of BMW’s X series, which features six different crossovers. Some lean more toward coupe-like designs, and some lean further toward SUV size. The X1 is notable for its energetic performance and agile handling.

Real Room

The 2018 BMW X1 interior is sleek and the seats are spacious. Many crossovers try to look like sports cars instead of perform like them, forcing whoever’s in the back seat to scrunch up in order to fit. When BMW designed crossovers, this was one of the first elements to be thrown out. If you’re going to sit 5, then realistically make the room for them to be comfortable. The X1 does this in spades. Passengers in the back have plenty of room to stretch.

Practical Usefulness

The cargo capacity also leads its class. This is a crossover you’re going to be able to use for any trip. Excellent mileage (23 mpg city/32 mpg highway) means you can drive for short errands or long vacations in comfort. Safety ratings for the X1 were already incredibly high, but BMW didn’t rest on its laurels – the 2018 version has improvements that include rearview camera standard.

Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, a BMW X1 lease allows you to drive one of the most adaptable vehicles on the road.

Yes, the BMW X1 is a crossover SUV, rethought and re-imagined to give you access to the best of an SUV’s capabilities and a sports car’s performance and efficiency.

BMW Coupe | Price of a New BMW | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, FL

2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Price Reveal

The BMW M850i xDrive is one of the most anticipated of the incoming class. This new BMW coupe is a powerful and technologically impressive model with superb control and a range of incredible features standard. What’s the price of a new BMW when it’s so hot?

The M850i xDrive BMW coupe ends up at a very reasonable $111,900 plus $995 Destination and Handling. It will arrive in U.S. showrooms on December 8. Consider the range of cutting edge technology it will boast on arrival:

  • Intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive
  • Electronic M Sport rear differential
  • Integral Active 4-wheel steering
  • LED headlights with BMW LaserLight technology
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Sport Automatic Transmission
  • Adaptive M Suspension with Active-Roll Stabilization
  • M Sport Brakes
  • Parking Assistant
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional
  • 12.3 inch and 10.25 inch digital displays
  • Latest generation of iDrive

Combine this with the M850i’s stellar performance and power that will take you from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. That’s thanks to a 523 horsepower engine delivering 553 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is undeniable. The sheer level of control offered through M Sport and xDrive technologies means handling is exceptional. Anything you can throw at it – bad roads, bad weather, bad drivers around you – you will be able to handle with ease.

You wouldn’t expect anything less from a BMW coupe, let alone the very first 8 Series luxury sports models in 20 years. If it’s going to make a return, it may as well do so assertively, with the performance, style, and technology to back it up.

The price of a new BMW must be earned by the model, and the M850i xDrive BMW coupe is an engineering powerhouse designed around the driver having control, fun, and impressive technology at a fingertip’s touch.

BMW 8 Series convertible | BMW convertible | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, FL

The Next BMW 8 Series Convertible: What to Expect

Scotland has some of the most beautiful driving scenery on the planet. It’s no surprise that the first leak for the new BMW 8 Series convertible came during a photoshoot on the shores of Loch Assynt. A perfect setting for the stunning 2019 BMW convertible.

Muscular Design

The BMW M850i coupe was featured in a dark gray, highlighting its sleek and muscular look under the sunshine and before the waves. The headlights and grille are cleverly aligned to evoke the narrowed, focused eyes of a predator in mid-hunt. Ready to pounce, it communicates the 8 Series’ immediate acceleration and aggressive handling well. This serves to further accentuate the coiled strength throughout the design.

The new BMW 8 Series convertible will keep a fabric soft-top roof, a superb choice for easily and quickly folding back the roof to enjoy the sun. It also saves on weight. There is extra strengthening – especially along the flank – to maintain strength in the frame.

Precision in Presentation

The interior is luxurious while also being clean and precise. It delivers an efficient console with a layered control scheme that’s simple to navigate. Every tool you need is there; the technology is stunning.

At the same time, there’s a lot to be said about BMW’s focus on ease of use. Instead of overloading the driver with a jungle of knobs and buttons, clean presentation allows much more natural control. There’s no getting lost figuring out how to call up an app or use the GPS. Luxury should mean luxury, and common sense should inform how a control scheme is laid out and used.

Power to Spare

The entry-level BMW convertible in the 8 Series will be the 840d. We know this will run with 320 horsepower, very appealing for the series’ starting model. The M850i whose glamour photos leaked will arrive with a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 at 523 horsepower. That’ll get you to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds. Indications are there may even be a V12 model with a 6.0-liter engine delivering more than 600 horsepower.

The BMW 8 Series isn’t joking around. Come see for yourself.

BMW Z4 Roadster | New BMW Z4 Release Date | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

What to Love About the New BMW Z4 Roadster

Longing for the good old days? The BMW Z4 Roadster, an aggressive new addition to the Bimmer lineup, evokes classic power and design.

The New BMW Z4 Release Date

When you can drive this beauty straight off the lot? That’s going to be in early 2019. The new BMW Z4 release date will be later this summer at a special event – as yet unnamed. If that’s too mysterious, it will also be bringing down the house at the Paris Motor Show this October.

The Look

The exterior is an awe-inspiring blend of modern and classic features. It’s sleek, with a longer hood, exquisite grille work, and steel roll bars that evoke the long history of roadster while its low stance is undeniably BMW.

The Performance

Reports vary at the moment, but expect a base version in the sDrive28i that comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that gives you 240 hp. It’s the M40i that we have our eyes on. This looks to be the Z40i prototype that’s gotten a few test drives with stunning reviews. It’s rumored with an engine in the 350 hp range that achieves 0 to 60 mph time in 4.8 seconds. (We also expect to see models in the middle of these two at the 300 hp and 335 hp range.)

The biggest advantage comes in the handling, where the BMW Z4 Roadster should be one of the smoothest performing cars BMW has ever released.

The Affordability

It was quoted to one test driver at just under 40,000 British pounds. That translates to around $50,000, making it one of the most affordable dream cars to come round. Don’t hang your hat on that price, but do expect this to be a remarkably accessible dream roadster.

The new BMW Z4 release date is just around the corner. This makes it the perfect time to start anticipating one of the brand’s most untamed cars. The BMW Z4 Roadster promises to be a remarkable sight with performance to back it up.

Buy a BMW 3 Series | Used BMW 3 Series | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Why Buy a BMW 3 Series?

When you buy a BMW 3 Series, it’s your entry car to the brand. Well, this is no longer always the case. BMW has expanded options for their “entry level” cars, freeing up the 3 Series to get a bigger dose of luxury, technology, and prestige.

Driver-Focused Experience

Why buy one in the first place? Three decades ago, the BMW 3 Series was the economy-focused model. Today, it’s found a more developed niche balanced right between the incredible performance of high-end BMWs and the accessibility of entry-level models.

Next-Gen Engineering

This provides access to BMW’s terrific driver-focused design. Everything is built to connect driver to road. You respond to the road, and the car’s reaction is immediate. This is the BMW design philosophy that the 3 Series immediately lets you sit down inside.


The 3 Series provides access to BMW’s considerable brand prestige. Perhaps you’re traveling back to the sleekness and fuel efficiency of the F30 cars or the sophisticated design of the 300 hp E90 models. Whichever new or used BMW 3 Series you choose, you’re getting a prestige car that turns heads. It makes the drivers you accelerate past marvel. You’ll see valets smile and nod in appreciation when you pull up. It makes you feel good.


When you buy a BMW 3 Series car that’s pre-owned, you need a partner to ensure that it’s in the best shape possible. It should feel just like a brand new car, whether you’re driving it to work or enjoying it on a weekend drive along the coast. You need assurances in the world we live in today, and a staff of service people who will back them up.

Whether you are interested in purchasing, leasing, or pre-owned options, find what you need here.

New BMW For Sale | South Florida BMW Dealership | Braman BMW West Palm Beach

A New Generation of BMW Driving Machines

Looking for a new BMW for sale? This is the right time of year, with new, popular models arriving to great reception. Three new models are here: the new 8 Series Coupe, the i8 convertible, and the new 3 Series are all arriving at your South Florida BMW dealership.

The Powerful New 8 Series Coupe

The 8 Series is BMW’s newest flagship. Shown off as the M8 Gran Coupe at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este last year, the new 8 Series is available with a range of engines. The twin-turbo V8 delivers more than 600 hp, or you could ramp up all the way to the 6.6-liter V12 for the ultimate in performance. The handling is superb, perhaps the best BMW has delivered. Best of all, luxury isn’t sacrificed. The interior is beautiful with seamlessly integrated technology.

An i8 with a View

If you’re focused on environmental responsibility, the new i8 takes the plug-in hybrid into convertible territory. The top can open or close in only 15 seconds. You can get your daily tasks done without using an ounce of fuel, but if you want performance and range, the hybrid powertrain kicks in to deliver a combined 369 hp.

The Impressive Growth of the 3 Series

Finally, the 3 Series delivers impressive reliability while continuing to evolve. 5 Series styling is taking over while the 3 Series sees the benefit of more lightweight construction. This retains the same strength and safety while improving upon performance and mileage. For extra performance, choose the M-tuned twin turbo engine that delivers 460 hp. Expect an extravagant technology suite, including gesture-driven technology to command your car.

Visit a Dealership to Test Drive a New BMW For Sale

There are so many choices to pick from. A new BMW for sale can cater to your desire to tear up the road with power, step into the future of hybrid luxury, or enjoy the improved features of one of the most popular BMW lines ever. Or take each for a spin at your South Florida BMW dealership, and make your decision then.