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2019 BMW X7 | BMW X7 vs Mercedes GLS | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, South Florida

2019 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Both the BMW X7 and the 2020 Mercedes GLS are opulent, fully-loaded, luxury SUVs. The GLS (formerly the GL) has taken over the space from competitors like the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe, and Ford Expedition – and now it’s playing against the big boys: the 2019 BMW X7. How do these SUVs stack up against each other?

BMW X7 vs. Mercedes GLS

Both models offer third rows, ample room for up to seven people, five zones of automatic climate control (including third row), and the amenities you’d expect from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Each is comfortable and drives like a dream, though to get the most out of the X7, it’s helpful to select Adaptive or Sport mode (Comfort can feel a little “loose” for some drivers). 

In terms of driveability, the GLS is solid but over uneven terrain, you’ll hear a lot of noise and even feel vibrations in the cabins. BMW’s SUV is more poised in these types of road conditions. Bimmer’s brakes are also more firm compared to the relative squishiness of the Mercedes model.

While both the 2019 BMW X7 and the 2020 Mercedes GLS have a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six, with the GLS having a small lead in horsepower (362 hp vs. 335). Acceleration times are neck and neck (mid-5 second range) and they both top out at 129 mph. BMW’s engine, though, is more refined and responsive, and it outperforms the GLS in 30-50 mph and 50-70 mph passing tests (thanks in large part to BMW’s ZF 8 speed automatic transmission).

The X7 drives a bit better (again, in Adaptive or Sport mode) and offers better fuel economy. The GLS has an edge in terms of space with larger second and third row seats and more cargo room. To get the performance features of the X7 in a GLS, though, you’ll have to pay more.

It’s close, and certainly the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is no slouch. But we give this one to the 2019 BMW X7. If you have any questions about this or other models, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Braman team.

BMW and Android Auto | BMW Android Auto Retrofit | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

BMW and Android Auto

Hands-free is the only way to be! Safe driving is the top priority, but we know it is also convenient to be able to use your smartphone’s functions while you’re on the go. This is the premise behind Android Auto. This system takes the features you need from your phone and puts them into your vehicle’s dashboard. The interface is familiar, easy to use, and, according to Google and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, designed to minimize dangerous distractions. What do you need to know about BMW and Android Auto? 

Now: BMW Android Auto Retrofit

BMW has long been geared towards Apple and iPhone users. Those on Team Google have been largely left out, which is why you need to do a retrofit if you want to use Android Auto. One option is to go with a BMW-specific retrofit, such as BimmerTech’s Android Auto MMI Prime. This system integrates with your Bimmer’s iDrive system and allows you to use Android Auto just like the native infotainment system. You can also continue to use iDrive as you want, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Not all BMWs are compatible with an integrated update, so you may have to use the Android Auto app on your phone and connect via a USB. Your phone’s features can then be cast to iDrive.

Soon: Seamless Integration

Those who want seamless integration only have to wait until July 2020. Only two years ago, BMW said it was not interested in offering Android Auto. They’ve flipped their position, and it will be available as an update in vehicles that feature the BMW OS 7.0. It will be supported over wireless connection. You’ll be able to access key functions and apps (e.g. navigation, Spotify) in a digital, driver-configurable instrument cluster and heads-up display. 

BMW and Android Auto will be coming to West Palm Beach’s most trusted BMW dealer, Braman. Stop in and see us; our team is happy to answer any questions about the update and our exceptional selection of BMWs.  Contact Braman BMW West Palm Beach today.

Electric BMW i4 sedan | 2021 BMW i4 | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, South Florida

2021 BMW i4 Details Unveiled

The 2021 BMW i4 already has people clearing a spot in their garage and signing up for waiting lists, especially with a brand new set of details recently released by the company. Part of the brand’s commitment to launch a number of new electric vehicles, the electric BMW i4 sedan will have a competitor in the Tesla Model 3, but the BMW may very well come out on top thanks to some real advantages.

2021 Electric BMW i4 Sedan – Power

One of the biggest advantages this model will have is the battery itself. Under the hood will be an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, which has the power to produce 530 horsepower. Moving this car from 0 to 62 mph will take just four seconds, and it should have a top speed of 120 mph. It relies on Generation 5 battery packs, a new release that’s quite different from the other options the company has manufactured in the past. They’re smaller, stronger, and can reach an 80% charge in about 35 minutes.

BMW Electric Sedan – Range

Much has been written about the need to take electric cars further on a single charge, and BMW has filled the order with this one. On U.S. roads, it is expected to get a range of about 340 – 350 miles on a single charge. On the European circuit, though, the car is currently experiencing a range of 373 miles.

i4 Sedan Electric – All-Wheel Drive

The specs released by the company imply a two-motor layout, as well as two batteries, so many believe this car will hold true to the others in the M series and be released as an all-wheel drive vehicle. That’s a good move on the part of BMW, as they’ll want to add a few options down the road to compete with other electric car manufacturers.

Other specs for this car have yet to be released, but they may hit later this year as production is expected to begin in 2021.

BMW electric SUV iX3 | BMW iX3 Electric | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, South Florida

Does BMW Have an Electric SUV?

It’s now possible to say that, yes, indeed BMW does have an electric SUV. The BMW electric SUV, the iX3, is coming, and many people are quite excited about the possibilities with this vehicle. This brand new model will be produced in 2020, and it offers so much more than many people initially imagined.

BMW Electric SUV iX3 – Additional Battery Space

This is the first model with a 5th EV generation drive train. It has a long wheelbase, which is likely to give it additional space for the battery. That’s a bonus because it will have an sDrive 75 battery pack that offers 200 kW of power, which may translate to 200 miles of range in the real world. It will also likely come with 150 kW DC fast-charge capabilities, putting it at least on par, if not above many of the other vehicles on the market today.

BMW iX3 Electric Is As Beautiful As It Is Powerful

Most expect the BMW iX3 electric SUV to look quite a bit like the current X3, so it should scream BMW crossover at every opportunity. There are, however, a few elements that help it stand out from its gas-powered sibling. It should have lots of i Blue accents involved, including some on the grille and the rear apron of the vehicle. The grille is also likely to be revised so the vehicle is more aerodynamic. You may also notice additional i Blue accents inside the cabin, but it will certainly come with a dash-top touchscreen and the instrument panel design so many like. Readouts and gauges are likely to be more EV-Focused. There may be additional infotainment features, too, that mean a chance to focus on optimized efficiency with this vehicle.

There’s no word from BMW as to when the iX3 will hit the U.S. market, but it will likely be available in many showrooms during 2020. The price will likely be between $70,895 and $77,895, quite a bit above the standard X3.

M2 Competition

Why You Need a BMW M2 Competition

In a bold statement from DriveTribe, the BMW M2 Competition “marks the moment BMW effectively out-Porsched Porsche.” Aggressive, athletic, and gutsy, the M2 Comp is an icon in the making.

The entry-level M2 is a good car. Not stellar. Not exceptional. It was just a reliably solid car with great handling and cornering. But for those who wanted more than “good” or “solid,” the engine left something to be desired and while featuring adequate power, it couldn’t be described as “powerful.”

It seems BMW listened! The M2 Comp addresses these issues. Trading the 3.0 liter six cylinder for a twin turbo six, there is a noticeable difference in power. It feels like an M3 or M4, and accelerating from zero to 60 takes an effortless 4.4 seconds (4.2 with the DCT dual-clutch auto transmission). It glides, and while the M3 and M4 can be a bit intimidating to drive, the M2 Comp is like butter.

The two door M2 Competition is surprisingly comfortable and practical, offering plenty of space and a generous trunk.The round sports steering wheel is a pleasure, adding just that much more to the driving experience. The infotainment system is easy to use and while this model doesn’t offer a futuristic array of tech, you never feel as if anything is lacking. 

If you are looking for a fun, compact sports car, the BMW M2 Competition delivers the thrills and chills you want. Its muscular frame is perfectly matched to its powerful engine. This is not an ostentatious car; it is one that looks just as spirited and athletic as it is. And we’re confident you’ll savor every mile.

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. 

2020 BMW M8, M8 coupe

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 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.