BMW 7 Series Configurator Launches at BMWUSA.com

BMW’s latest flagship is officially online and editable. Click over to BMWUSA and check it out. The post BMW 7 Series Configurator Launches at BMWUSA.com appeared first on BimmerFile. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full...

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The BMW M3 Competition Package Spied

Thanks to the Heel & Toe Blog we have our first look at the upcoming BMW M3 Competition Package. The package will likely consist… The post The BMW M3 Competition Package Spied appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit ...

Thanks to the Heel & Toe Blog we have our first look at the upcoming BMW M3 Competition Package. The package will likely consist… The post The BMW M3 Competition Package Spied appeared first… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Video: BMW M2 Undergoing Final Evaluation at the ‘Ring

We’re getting close. That’s the final production specification BMW M2 hitting the ‘Ring as it continues its final evaluation phase. Seen here for the… The post Video: BMW M2… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

We’re getting close. That’s the final production specification BMW M2 hitting the ‘Ring as it continues its final evaluation phase. Seen here for the… The post Video: BMW M2… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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For $250 you can have the high-tech BMW keyfob

At the media launch of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, we had the opportunity to play around with BMW’s latest and greatest keyfob. Dubbed BMW Display Key, the touch-sensitive key is an optional item for the new 7 Series and in the U.S., it only cos...

At the media launch of the new 2016 BMW 7 Series, we had the opportunity to play around with BMW’s latest and greatest keyfob. Dubbed BMW Display Key, the touch-sensitive key is an optional item for the new 7 Series and in the U.S., it only costs $250. For that little amount – which is cheaper than many other BMW keyfob replacements – they key features four buttons on the front for lock, unlock, trunk release, and panic. In the center of the key is a full color touchscreen where you can swipe back and forth between different functions, i.e. door locking status, toggle lights, fuel range and climate control scheduling. In Europe, the BMW Digital Key can be used to self-park your 7 Series, a feature that has yet to be approved by the U.S. regulatory boards.

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Related: The Evolution Of BMW Keys BMW says the key’s battery has about a week long life and can be recharged wirelessly in the car’s armrest. You can still use the key to unlock the car even if the touchscreen is not functional. It’s amazing what BMW has been able to achieve with what we always thought was just a basic tool and we expect future generation keyfobs to get even smarter. The article For $250 you can have the high-tech BMW keyfob appeared first on BMW BLOG

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The BMW X5 helped change BMW’s course

BMW is a company that seems to be transitioning a bit. It’s creating models that no one ever thought it would make, like front-wheel drive people carriers and electric hatchbacks. BMW is most definitely taking fans of the brand out of their comfort...

BMW is a company that seems to be transitioning a bit. It’s creating models that no one ever thought it would make, like front-wheel drive people carriers and electric hatchbacks. BMW is most definitely taking fans of the brand out of their comfort zone. This new direction has been met with much criticism. Whether fair or unfair, people seem to dislike leaving the comfortable place where BMW only makes small, rear-wheel drive performance sedans. But the naysayers fail to realize that BMW has done this sort of thing before and it knows what it’s doing. The original BMW X5 is the most recent example of this.

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When the first generation X5 debuted, it was blasphemy. “BMW is making an SUV? What next, flying pigs?” people would say (I assume). The idea of BMW creating a luxury SUV, instead of the performance coupes and sedans it was so well known for, bothered many loyal fans. But as soon as it debuted, it was an instant success. The idea of a luxury SUV from one of Germany’s premium brands spread like wildfire. Admittedly, BMW wasn’t the first to do this, Mercedes-Benz was with the original M-Class. But the X5 perfected the idea and brought it more mainstream.

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The X5 then gained a second generation and then a third, each one more successful than the next. Now the BMW X5 is a staple of the Bavarian’s lineup and one of the key vehicles on its sales charts. It’s also one of the most popular luxury SUVs in the world. And it all started by BMW having the courage to make a vehicle that it knew its fans would hate at first. But now, it seems, its fans can’t live without it. Related: History of the BMW X series

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BMW knew exactly what it was doing. The Bavarian brand has taken customers, and the industry, to new heights before and it will do it again. Hell, the original 2002 was an idea most customers, especially American ones, didn’t understand until they tried it. The original M5 was the exact same way. So when BMW created the X5, it was just another stepping stone in the history of BMW’s innovation. And the very same thing is happening with the 2 Series Tourers and the i Division. BMW knows that to be a truly successful and innovated automaker, it must take its fans and customers to places they’ve never been before. This trailblazing is often met with backlash, but BMW understands that it’s worth it in the long run. All successful companies understand this, whether it be in the auto industry or any other. But it’s the mark of a truly great company, when it can take you out of your comfort zone and show you something new because it knows that you’ll like it eventually. The original BMW X5 did that, the M5 and 2002 did that before it and the 2 Series Tourers as well as the i Division are doing it now. So it’s okay to get uncomfortable, as that’s how change happens. The article The BMW X5 helped change BMW’s course appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW USA sales report: sets new August record

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.0 percent in August for a total of 27,755 – a new August record – compared to 27,213 vehicles sold in August, 2014. Year-to-date, BMW brand sales are 223,348 vehicles, a 5.9 percent increase from t...

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 2.0 percent in August for a total of 27,755 – a new August record – compared to 27,213 vehicles sold in August, 2014. Year-to-date, BMW brand sales are 223,348 vehicles, a 5.9 percent increase from the same period last year. “Even without Labor Day weekend as part of the month, the solid August results for both BMW and MINI continue to prove the strength of consumer demand and underscore the momentum BMW Group has shown throughout this year,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “With the launch of the all-new BMW 7 Series getting underway and the new BMW X1 also on the horizon, I’m expecting a strong finish in the remaining four months of 2015.” To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch’s business perspective, click here. In August, notable vehicle sales included the BMW 2 Series which increased 55.9 percent to 1,024 vehicles, the BMW X3 which increased 5.1 percent to 2,127 vehicles and the BMW X4 which increased 31.3 percent to 453 vehicles. BMW Group Sales In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported August sales of 32,864 vehicles, an increase of 2.0 percent from the 32,219 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, BMW Group sales are 263,908 vehicles, a 7.3 percent increase from the same period last year. MINI Brand Sales For August, MINI USA reports 5,109 automobiles sold, an increase of 2.1 percent from the 5,006 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA sales are 40,560 vehicles, a 16.0 percent increase from the same period last year. BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In August, BMW Certified Pre-Owned sold 10,027 vehicles, down 7.1 percent from August 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 16.5 percent to 78,068 vehicles sold over the same period in 2014. Total BMW Pre-Owned sales continue to be challenged by low availability with 15,763 vehicles sold in August 2015, an 18.4 percent decrease from August 2014. The Total BMW Pre-Owned cars sold for the first eight months were 124,151 a 7.4 percent decrease from the same period in 2014. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles In August, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 1,134 vehicles, up 3.5 percent over August 2014, with a year-to-date gain of 25.6 percent to 7,925 cars over the same period in 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales were 2,696 cars, an increase of 5.3 percent from August 2014. Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for the first eight months were 18,205, a 7.0 percent increase from the same period in 2014.

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You can now configure your 2016 BMW 7 Series

BMWUSA.com just launched the online configurator for the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. The 2016 BMW 7 Series will arrive in the US showrooms in the fall of 2015. The MSRP for the BMW 740i will be $81,300 and the BMW 750i xDrive will be $97,400 (prices do no...

BMWUSA.com just launched the online configurator for the new 2016 BMW 7 Series. The 2016 BMW 7 Series will arrive in the US showrooms in the fall of 2015. The MSRP for the BMW 740i will be $81,300 and the BMW 750i xDrive will be $97,400 (prices do not include Destination and Handling). The 750Li is fitted with a revised 4.4 liter TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8, with the turbos mounted in between the v-shaped cylinder bank, and will develop 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque which will be available at 1,800 rpm. The 740i has an all-new 3.0 liter TwinPower straight-six engine, developing 320 horsepower, a 20 horsepower increase over the previous 7 Series’ inline-six.

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In the U.S., BMW offers the 7 Series with the following exterior colors: Alpine White, Jet Black, Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Black, Cashmere Silver Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Singapore Gray Metallic, Jatoba Brown Metallic, Magellan Gray Metallic and Arctic Gray Metallic.

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The following packages are also offered to U.S. customers: Autobahn Package, Cold Weather Package, Driver Assistance Package, Executive Package, Interior Design Package, Luxury Rear Seating Package, M Sport Package and Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package. These are likely the most packages ever offered for a BMW. In the wheels department, BMW customers can choose from a combination of 18, 19 and 20 inch wheels. Next year, BMW is also likely to launch the V12 760Li, but no information has been made available at this time. The article You can now configure your 2016 BMW 7 Series appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M235i Racing test car closeups

We’ve addded close up photos of the updated M235i Racing prototype during testing. ...

We’ve addded close up photos of the updated M235i Racing prototype during testing.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat: Does it threathen the X5 M?

The BMW X5 M is currently one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. With 567 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine and all-wheel drive, the X5 M is capable of hustling from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s supercar speed in an SUV that weig...

The BMW X5 M is currently one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. With 567 hp from its twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine and all-wheel drive, the X5 M is capable of hustling from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That’s supercar speed in an SUV that weighs over 5,000 lbs. However, it might want to watch out for another super SUV that’s on the way. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat.

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2015 Grand Cherokee SRT pictured Being that Dodge has secured the rights to the SRT name, Jeep has decided to call its latest go-fast Grand Cherokee the Trackhawk. Base Trackhawk models will have a comparatively modest 475 hp, but there will be a Hellcat option, which will come with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 that develops a stratospheric 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. When paired with all-wheel drive, the Trackhawk Hellcat is rumored to get to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. That’s Ferrari 458 Italia speed in a Jeep. Now obviously, BMW will not lose sleep over the introduction of such a Jeep, because its customers aren’t going to cross shop a $100,000 BMW SUV with any sort of Jeep. However, for ultimate bragging rights, the Jeep just might have it. I can already hear some of the critics for the Jeep. “It will just be fast in a straight line and won’t handle like the X5M.” or “Yeah, but it’s still a Jeep so the interior will suck and it won’t be luxurious.” To naysayers like that, I can assure you that the Jeep will handle well and the interior will be more than acceptable. The Grand Cherokee still sits on the bones of the Mercedes M Class, so it’s actually a decently sophisticated machine. And if you’ve ever sat inside of a loaded Grand Cherokee, I’m sure you found it most acceptable. Will the Jeep Hellcat be as refined or luxurious as the BMW X5 M? No, of course not. But it won’t cost six figures, either. As a bargain version, albeit a bargain with more horsepower, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat will be an absolute steal. It will be ludicrously fast, handle relatively well, be comfortable and seat five. Just like the X5 M, just slightly watered down. So, due to its much higher horsepower figure and that fact that it will likely be faster and cost significantly less, does the Jeep Trackhawk Hellcat pose a threat to the BMW X5 M? The article Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Hellcat: Does it threathen the X5 M? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW introduces driver training for the BMW i8

BMW introduces the eDrive Experience Program for the BMW i8. With the BMW i3 eDrive Experience, BMW became the first premium car manufacturer to offer a specific training course featuring electrically-powered vehicles and now, the i8 hybrid sportscar...

BMW introduces the eDrive Experience Program for the BMW i8. With the BMW i3 eDrive Experience, BMW became the first premium car manufacturer to offer a specific training course featuring electrically-powered vehicles and now, the i8 hybrid sportscar gets its own program. Two new training courses have been added to offer the participants the chance to drive the BMW i8 sports car with plug-in hybrid technology. The BMW eDrive Experience shines the spotlight on electric mobility and the functionality of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, while the “BMW i meets BMW M” course is centered around sporty driving in the BMW i8 and BMW M6.

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The two new courses line up alongside the BMW i3 eDrive Experience, in which the participants drive the BMW i3 exclusively. BMW eDrive EXPERIENCE.

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This new training option allows participants to experience the fascination of BMW i to the full. Experienced BMW instructors provide them with a greater understanding of future mobility, at first in theory and later in practice. A special course has been set up at the BMW and MINI Driving Academy so that participants can experience the various driving modes offered by these trailblazing cars. And, in the highlight of the day, the participants get behind the wheel of the BMW i8 to experience how the combination of sports performance and exceptional energy efficiency feels first-hand. BMW i meets BMW M.

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The two flagship models in the BMW i and BMW M model ranges are the stars of this new training course. The participants are given the opportunity to drive the BMW i8, with its plug-in hybrid system, and the high-performance BMW M6 in the same afternoon. The BMW instructors offer an insight into the sophisticated technology which guarantees the BMW i8 sports-car performance capability yet also small-car efficiency, before the group heads out onto the practical training area. The participants finish off by taking both models for a few laps of the BMW and MINI Driving Academy circuit. BMW i3 eDrive Experience.

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This successful training course, where participants drive the BMW i3 exclusively, remains a fixture of the program. At the BMW and MINI Driving Academy facility in Maisach, the participants familiarize themselves with the BMW i3 and find out everything they need to know about the BMW i mobility and lightweight design concept, the car’s battery and driving characteristics, and service and maintenance. They then take to the wheel of the BMW i3 themselves for driving exercises on two training areas and a circuit, enabling them to sample the driving properties of an all-electric car and its technical capabilities. The positive reaction of customers to the BMW i3 course at the training facility in Maisach has ensured its status as a genuine success story.

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