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New 2023 BMW X1: price, specs, and release date

The BMW X1 series has been around for a few years, but the 2023 version has undergone a major facelift, and, by all accounts, the new model will be better in many respects.

For some years, BMW has stated that it wants to develop a completely electric version of the next generation of the X1.

The redesigned X1 has had the outer and inner elements changed, including its shape, which is now slightly smaller than the previous models.

New 2023 BMW X1 Price

The manufacturers have made the changes to the 2023 BMW X1 so that it remains a competitor in the luxury vehicle market, but at the same time is also much cheaper than other makes, like the Mercedes, Volvo XC4, or the Audi Q3.

While still early in the development phase, the 2023 BMW X1 appears to be daring and more rugged than the older models, thanks to the upward-pointing broad shark nose grille and the cutting-edge headlights.

The only obvious change in the rear is a miniature backlight, but its shape remains to be determined.

However, most of the changes in the new 2023 BMW X1 appear to be inside and are similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer; the dashboard has been redesigned and the driver’s side double-screen is curved and more aesthetically pleasing.

More importantly, the new model appears to have included ergonomic features in the vehicle with a minimum number of physical buttons.

Like all other European manufacturers, BMW has added hybrid technology to the powertrain, which will hopefully help with fuel economy.

At the same time, the 2023 model will also have an EV and plug-in model. BMW is also updating the UKL platform, which will be compatible with the electrical powertrain and support the 2023 model.

A series of inline 3 and 2.0 liter inline -4 1.5 liters turbocharged engines with mild hybrid technology will be the standard feature.

It is anticipated that there will be two electrical versions: one with a 38 kWh Li-Ion battery that will ensure at least 140 miles electric range and a higher version with a 74 kWh, which will deliver at least a 300-mile range. 

The 1.5-liter engine will likely be available as a plug-in hybrid. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options will be available with 8-speed automatic transmission.

Exactly when the new 2023 BMW X1 will be launched has not been stated but perhaps in the later part of 2022. The price for the new 2023 BMW X1 will be around $64,500.


BMW Alpina Engine

The History of Alpina and BMW

This is such a great story.  The Alpina history makes fascinating reading.  It’s a story of innovation, ingenuity, dedication, collaboration, and pure love for automobiles.  It’s a story of men and machines coming together to build a better automobile.


You’re never going to believe this.  Alpina was originally a group that produced typewriters!  Yes, typewriters!  How did they go from manufacturing typewriters to partnering with one of the most iconic car manufacturers of all time?  Read on.

Burkard Bovensiepen, who founded Alpina in 1965, developed a dual carburetor for the BMW 1500.  The carburetor was certified and carried a full factory guarantee on the automobiles.  BMW and Alpina have been partners for a long time with Burkard tuning BMW’s out the back door of his typewriter factory.

Today, Alpina, while being a completely independent company from BMW, is permanently partnered with them.  The German Ministry of Transport has actually officially recognized Alpina as a car manufacturer!  This is unheard of and unlike any other company that works as an automobile tuning specialist.


The engines are manufactured by hand in Buchloe, Germany, at the Alpina facility.  All Alpina vehicles are built and branded as Alpina.  Once built, the Alpina engine is then delivered to the BMW plant where the engine and the body are paired together.  After that, the car is shipped back to Buchloe where the interior will be upgraded with Alpina’s leathers, the transmission will be optimized, and the Switch-Tronic shifter button, designed by Alpina, will be added as well.


Known for luxury, performance, and higher torque, the Alpina line also includes a unique style, with distinct colors available.  Other options are available that are not typical to other BMW vehicles, such as badging.


Models currently available include the Alpina XD3 and XD4.  Sedans include multiple variations of the B4, B5, and B6.  The essence of the BMW and Alpina collaboration culminates in the Alpina B7.

Take a look for yourself today at what the alliance between BMW and Alpina has cultivated.  You will be amazed.

2021 Red BMW M5

The Fastest BMWs

There are many different reasons to invest in a BMW. They’re the standard when it comes to safety and quality; the brand continues to redefine performance. Many, though, choose to buy a BMW for speed, and for good reason. This brand produces some of the fastest cars available today, and if speed is high on your shopping list, you simply can’t go wrong with a BMW. What’s the fastest BMW available today? Take a look at a few options. 

The Best of the Best: The M5

If you’re truly looking for the fastest BMW available today, you won’t find anything faster than the 30th Anniversary Jahre Edition M5. With 600 hp, it has a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that offers it more speed than you can imagine. In fact, you’ll find you can reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. It offers a limited top speed of 199 mph, and unrestricted, it would likely break 200mph without an issue.  Peak torque is 750N, and drivers will see it as low as 1,800 rpm and sustain it to 5,860 rpm. The maximum output on this amazing vehicle is 460kW, which it hits when the vehicle reaches 6,000 RPM. 

2021 BMW M5 Motor

Its looks don’t hurt either. Instead of the huge kidney style grille, it offers a modern style that pushes the kidney grille a bit further into the front apron of the vehicle. Framed with a single piece of high-gloss black material, the grille looks fantastic. Added cooling performance complements the speed of this car, as the front apron includes larger air intakes along the sides. 

Everything about this vehicle screams fast. BMW went as far as to change the headlight design, including new L-shaped light tubes and Individual Shadow Line lights. Even the twin tailpipes offer a high-tech look that feeds into the idea of speed. The rear apron furthers that look with a restyled diffuser that is much larger and three-dimensional rear LED lighting that pushes the BMW L shape a little further. 

Other Fast BMW Models

The M5 is certainly the ideal, but there are other fast BMW options on the market. The X5 M and X6 M both offer speed thanks to a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Both have the ability to hit 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. While you wouldn’t expect a big SUV to offer real power, BMW has managed to do just that. Limited top speed on these two is 155 mph, but without the limiter, it’s likely to be quite a bit faster. 

2021 Blue BMW X6

The i8 offers something just a bit faster – you can reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds in this vehicle. It offers a 1.5 three cylinder engine as well as two electric motors. The lightweight frame, though, helps push this vehicle to a top limited speed of 155 mph. 

Any discussion of fast BMW models must include the M6 Gran Coupe. With the competition package enabled, it moves the horsepower from 560 to 600, which means additional great power that can push it to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The electronically limited speed, though, remains the same at 155 mph. 

The M4 GTS is another great fast option. With a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged I6 engine offers this vehicle 493 hp, which can produce a speed of 0 – 60 in 3.4 seconds. To achieve that speed, though, it must be paired with the DCT gearbox. STarting at $64,200, it’s speed for a great price. 

2021 Lime Green BMW M4

The M3 is no slouch, though. The M3 GTS offers a top speed of 190 mph while the CRT offers a top speed of 180 mph. 

The M760Li is a series 7, but it certainly deserves to be on the list, despite its weight. It has a 6.6 liter twin-turbocharged engine that offers 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. It can reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. 

Fast defines this brand, but if you’re looking for the fastest BMW available today, one of these likely is your best best. 

2021 BMW X5

What’s New in the 2021 BMW X5?

The fourth generation of the BMW X5 with a new plug-in hybrid option will soon be available in the US market. Also referred to as the BMW X5 xDrive45e, it has several new features which include the following:

New Plug-In Hybrid

  1. Outstanding performance: Initial testing reveals that the BMW X5 plug-in hybrid is more powerful than the earlier versions. The 4th generation comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission coupled with a new 3.0-liter six-cylinder capable of producing 389 Hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is a nearly 20% increase over the older generation. 
  2. Increase mileage. With a larger 24-KV battery, it will also double the EV-only range to 30 miles, up from the previous 14 miles. After this point, the gas engine will jump into action.
  3. Top speed: Another significant improvement is the top speed while in the electric mode which has jumped from 75 to 84 mph. Plus the luxury car can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, slicing off 1.2 seconds from the earlier versions.
  4. Besides the superior functionality of the car, other new features in the 2021 BMW X5 include a comfortable interior with heating options in the front leatherette seats. 
  5. The adaptive LED headlights and the panoramic sunroof are two other features that make the 2021 BMW X5 look elegant and sophisticated.
  6. Also included is a state of art infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, frontal collision warning, daytime pedestrian warning, rear collision prevention, blind-spot detection, and lane departure warning. 
  7. Several optional package features are available that include active cruise control with stop and go, parking assist, head-up display and gesture controls, and laser-light headlights.

The 2021 BMW X5 is considered a luxury vehicle with a starting price of $66K. While several thousand dollars more expensive than the older generation X5 plug-in hybrid, this newer model has many additional features that may appeal to buyers who want to operate a high-performance EV every day without having to use gas. For more details on the arrival of the 2021 BMW X5, visit or contact Braman BMW West Palm Beach.

2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Buying Guide

You can get 2021 off on the right foot when buying a 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.  The 2021 8 Series Gran Coupe offers owners four-door convenience, with room for a total of five to ride, along with the elegant styling for which BMWs are noted.  This is a great touring sedan that has all the needed amenities covered.


The four-door 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe provides the extra versatility of being able to fold the rear seats flat to provide more cargo-carrying room, which is always an added benefit.  The slope of the Gran Coupe roof in the rear can hide some of the rear window view and available headroom in the vehicle may be a little scarce, but the rear seat is much more usable compared to the convertible and regular coupe versions of the car.  You will also be able to get Sirius XM with 360L, along with an all-access subscription for one year.


The 840i utilizes an inline-six engine that is turbocharged and ready to roll with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive models are available as well.  The M850i model offers the ultimate V-8 twin-turbocharged engine with 523 hp to get you around town or into the country, as you prefer.  The fuel economy is rated at between 22 and 29 mpg, which is awesome for a car with these capabilities.


You can get great deals on a BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe for sale now, right ahead of the release of the 2021 models.  There is no better time to get your money’s worth when purchasing a BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe for sale.  The car offers excellent handling and a powerful engine with a very comfortable interior.  If you buy a 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe, you also have the option of finding a car in Sonic Speed Blue and/or with the Black Extended Merino Leather with black M piping because those are two of the features that will no longer be available in the 2021 model.

While providing luxury, buying a 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will also give you practical convenience with its four doors that can be folded down for extra storage area.

Visit our dealership today.

2021 Metallic Green BMW M3

How Fast Is the New BMW M3?

As a recent TopSpeed review puts it, the new M3 “comes with extra power, AWD, and more Bimmerness than ever before.” Intriguing! But before we dig into performance specs, let’s answer the question on everyone’s mind: how fast is the BMW M3?

BMW M3 Top Speed

How fast is the BMW M3? Fast enough! It reaches a governed top speed of 155 mph. The optional M Driver’s Package bumps that up to 180 mph. What’s powering this high performance beast? The M3 features a 3.0 L inline six cylinder engine that churns out 473 horsepower (503 horses for the M Driver’s Package) and 405 lb ft of torque. The 2021 M3 hits 0 – 60 in 4.1 seconds. It is not the fastest car on the road, but it is one of the most fun and exciting to drive.

If you love manual transmissions, this only adds to the fun. The M3 is the only car in its class that offers a standard transmission. For many fans, this can be a deal-maker when it comes to selecting a vehicle. Oh yeah, and it’s AWD! Go anywhere, and go boldly.

BMW made some strategic changes to the exterior of the 2021 M3; we see a compact four door body that helps strike a more aggressive and athletic note in the updated model. The stance is wide and low, and the iconic brand has added a huge kidney grille, quad exhaust tips, flared fenders, rear trunk spoiler, larger front fascia intakes, and a slight increase in exterior dimensions. All in all, these are excellent updates that mark the M3 as a performance machine. 

Inside, you can expect all the touches that we know and love from BMW, including a new steering wheel design, heated seats, heated steering wheel options, all-digital gauge cluster, optional carbon seats, an advanced infotainment platform, plenty of premium materials, and a full suite of driver’s assist technology. 

If you’re interested in the M3, visit the BMW experts at Braman in West Palm Beach. A perk our clients can enjoy is access to a supervised racing course – so you can really see how fast the BMW M3 is!

Row of BMW Models

BMW Subscription Model: What to Know

Say you purchase a new BMW that you are in love with; it’s sleek, stylish, and a true performance machine. With stellar handling and a luxe interior, it’s a dream on wheels. But maybe you regret your decision not to get Connected Parking or Connected Charging. Or maybe there are new BMW features like the proprietary Intelligent Personal Assistant that you wish you could have selected when you bought your vehicle. You’re in luck: BMW is rolling out a new subscription model that allows you to pick, choose, and update features as you want.

The BMW Subscription Model

BMW recently announced plans to create a subscription model for driver assistance features and comfort functions. While not all of the details have not been released as of yet, the brand has indicated that features like heated steering wheels, heated seats, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control, may be offered on a subscription basis. So, all of the necessary equipment will be installed in vehicles, and you can access the ones you want for months or years.

This gives you great flexibility in terms of the features and functions that are most important to you. For example, let’s say that you rarely use cruise control, but you are planning a long road trip. You may add this feature and then discontinue it after you are back home. Another benefit is that if you sell your car, the next owner can activate the features that they want. There are some features that you can purchase, such as adaptive M Suspension or the IconicSounds Sport selection. 

We’ll soon hear more detailed… well, details… concerning the BMW subscription models, and you’ll get all the answers you need at Braman BMW in West Palm Beach. Come and speak with our experts.

Red 2021 BMW M5 Series

BMW M5 Colors and More

The M series is back with some new design features and upgrades that you’ll love. The 2021 M5 Sedan is just as powerful as before and now comes with more intake and better technology. The M5 will still have an impressive acceleration rating 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds – and that’s a conservative rating from BMW. Hang on to your hats, folks: the M5 is the real deal.

2021 BMW M5 colors include new options such as Brands Hatch Grey Metallic, Motegi Red Metallic, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Individual Aventurin Red II Metallic and matte finish Frozen Bluestone Metallic. If those options aren’t enough for you, 2021 BMW M5 colors also include a carryover of the paint colors from 2020. A full spectrum of possibilities for every fan of the Ultimate Driving Machine.

The 2021 M5 Sedan also features high performance M Compound brakes that have blue 6-piston front calipers or are available in high-gloss black or red calipers at no extra cost. Sexy – and safe.

Inside, expect the luxury we know and love from this brand. The interior for the M5 is standard in Extended Merino Leather and is available in Silverstone, Aragon Brown or Black. Merino Leather throughout is also available throughout in the same colors. The trim comes standard in Aluminum Carbon Structure or with the option of Aluminum Dark Structure and Fineline Ridge Wood at no extra cost. Additionally, Piano Black and
Plum Brown Wood are available as optional trim colors. 

The 2021 M5 Sedan is fully loaded with standards as well as exciting options to help your vision of the dream car come to life. If you want to get behind the wheel of this luxe performance vehicle, visit Braman BMW in West Palm Beach. Our team is here to help.

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Should You Buy a 2020 BMW X7?

If you are wondering whether or not to buy a 2020 BMW X7, the biggest factors to consider are increased luxury amenities and increased horsepower. The 2020 X7 is the largest SUV BMW offers and it handles just the way you would expect a BMW to. It drives more like a 5 series than an SUV. This luxury SUV has some seriously high-end features, is crafted with high-quality materials and the powertrain boasts some very strong choices on the part of BMW. 

The BMW X7 is a three-row SUV with an extremely spacious cabin. With a three trim range of options including xDrive50i, the X7 xDrive40i, and the X7 M50i, the luxury seekers out there will not be disappointed. 

BMW X7 price in 2020 starts out in the $70,000s. With a few add-on upgrades to the base model, the price increases to around $80,000. The higher trims will come in closer to $90,000 mark and up for the M50i. BMW X7 price in 2020 reflects cargo capacity, performance, luxury amenities and storage.

Chances are if you want to buy a 2020 BMW X7, you are well aware of the feature upgrade being increased horsepower. Like, extremely increased. The M50i trim comes with a 523-horsepower engine. That’s right, this is an SUV with a 523-horsepower engine. 

The 2020 X7 offers some increased amenities which make the vehicle even more luxurious and leaves you with conveniences you didn’t even know you needed. For example, the top trims now have remote start and whisper-quiet soft-close doors.

The price difference between the X7 xDrive40i and xDrive50i is roughly $20,000 which is considerable, but on the other hand this is a vehicle that starts at $92,000. The extra expense is well worth it for fans of the Ultimate Driving Machine.

2021 BMW 5 Series release date anticipation of new BMW 5 series redesign

2021 BMW 5 Series Release Date

There’s been a lot of noise in anticipation of the 2021 BMW 5 Series release date, including leaks that have given us a sneak peak at the BMW 5 Series redesign. Despite the leaked photos, BMW went ahead and put up a teaser of the upcoming model online. The teaser showcased the new LED signature light pattern.

About the BMW 5 Series Redesign

The leaked materials are two images which gave us a close look at the front and rear-end design of the BMW 5 Series LCI. The photos appear to be part of an official press package and features the BMW 5 Series G30 LCI with the M Sport package.

As testing is being finalized for the BMW 5 Series redesign, we get a unique opportunity to see the modified grille. On trend as always, BMW has redesigned the 5 Series grille as an enlargement, with gains in height and width.

The lower part of the bumper also seems to be subject to some modifications, which will make the 5 Series look even sportier and more aggressive. The eye’s have been reshaped with a boxy “U” shaped daytime running lights – same as with the 3 Series. There do not, however, seem to be any changes to the profile.

In the rear come some more subtle modifications. The lights and the bumper will be slightly revised on the redesign. The prototype for this is a hybrid version of the 5 Series, as shown by the black sticker on the C-pillar.

We can also see black rims containing blue stirrups. Taking a look inside the cabin, the new redesign will include the new iDrive 7 systems as well as the Professional Live Cockpit for the driver and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. There will be new paint colors for the exterior and new materials and color combinations for the interior.

2021 BMW 5 Series Release Date: Anticipation

The 2021 BMW 5 Series release date is looking to be later this year. Hopefully it’s not too much longer of a wait!

>> Schedule a test drive of a new BMW 5 Series with Braman BMW West Palm Beach today.