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The Stunning BMW M850i Coupe
The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a machine of prime sophistication. BMW states that the M850i is an “extrovert” meant to attract attention. The starting MSRP of this vehicle is $111,900. From there, price can increase drastically with options. For this price, the owner will have a piece of quality engineering. The engine to the interior overhaul makes this car quite unique. Who wouldn’t want to drive this high-quality automobile?
4.4-Liter TwinPower Turbo V8
Under the hood, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe sports a 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 523 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine works in combo with an 8-speed automatic transmission. For an optimal driving experience, there are steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and launch control. From 0 to 60 mph, the M850i will take only 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. These performance specs can give some thanks to the xDrive, smart AWD system. To no surprise, this car performs how an M car should on the street and track.
Overhauls in Technology
The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe withholds quite a few overhauls in technology. Beginning with the BMW iDrive 7.0 System, this car has customizable interactions. Furthermore, this includes touch, voice, and optional gesture control. With available glass controls, this car can push senses to the max. Next, the interior wears multi-functional heated front seats with extended or full Merino leather options. Lastly, there are stunning headlights on the front end. These BMW Icon Adaptive LED Headlights also contain Laserlight technology. These lights make driving at night a breeze.
The Newest BMW Model is a Beauty
Flat Out in the New BMW M850i! | EXPERIENCE – Shmee150 – YouTube
Overall, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a beautiful vehicle. From it’s roaring V8 to it’s stunning interior, this car is built to impress. Beyond the information above, this car can be built via BMW Individual. This allows buyers to customize the car to a much further extent, for a much higher price. Another awesome option is the European Delivery package. This allows the car buyer or leaser to fly to Munich, Germany for a first drive in the car. This is quite an experience option that is a fantastic idea to get abroad. In conclusion, the M850i will be the next major competitor for the large coupes class, competing against the S-Class and more.
The Beastly 2018 BMW M5 Sedan
The 2018 BMW M5 is the sixth-generation M5 to hit the sales floor. After mixed reviews on the previous models, the new M5 contains new features to impress anyone. Although there are still some skeptics, BMW made the new M5 a mean machine. From its V8 engine to its advanced handling, the M5 has made a comeback. With a MSRP of $103,595, this vehicle will also leave a dent in your wallet. Lastly, on top of this, don’t forget about the $1,700 gas guzzler tax.
4.4-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 600 Horsepower
The 2018 BMW M5 sports a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood. This motor produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the M5 to hit 60 mph in around 3.1 seconds… wow! Not surprisingly, the M5 now combines a 8-speed transmission with it’s engine. Although some may criticize this transmission, it was built with economy as well as sportsmanship in mind.
The Sixth-Generation M5 has AWD with Options Galore
To handle the power, the 2018 BMW M5 arrives with an AWD system. Although, BMW states that the new M5 software prefers RWD for an authentic feel. By using the iDrive Menu and disabling stability control, the driver can access RWD. Correspondingly, the RWD option for the car is called “2WD” and is available in the iDrive’s menu. The AWD system does contribute to the M5’s gluttonous size and weight. Unfortunately, for some, there is no manual transmission option available on the new M5. In reality, the automotive world is moving towards rapid auto shifting which is drastically faster than any human.
Brakes, Handling, Suspension, & More
The 2018 BMW M5 contains a handful of advanced features in the brakes, handling, and suspension realms. First, the M5 has a variable-ratio steering rack. Second, the M5 sports an Active M electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential. Third, there are electronically adjustable dampers. Fourth, BMW offers an optional carbon-ceramic brake package. Fifth, and not surprisingly, the M5 has a carbon fiber roof for a lower weight value. Lastly, the M5 wears 20” Pirelli P Zero tires to complement its sportiness.
BMW Redeems the M5 with the Sixth-Generation Model
Overall, BMW redeems themselves with the all-new sixth-generation M5. From it’s power V8 to it’s racing design, the 2018 BMW M5 is a beastly machine. There is no shame in leaving behind the manual transmission, but it will be missed moving forward by many. The only cons of this vehicle are the size and weight but that shouldn’t deter one from enjoying this vehicle. In conclusion, the BMW M5 has always had a place in most European car fans hearts and will remain there for years to come.
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BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance
In August 2017, BMW revealed the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept at Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. From front to rear, the new BMW Z4 displays an aggressive styling. This combines with a low suspension to make this an extremely sporty-looking car. The front and rear of the 2018 Z4 seem to be similar to the 8 Series Concept. The new Z4 has the usual twin-kidney grilles plus massive air intakes.
Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, & Z4 M40i
As with BMW’s other models, the Z4 is expected to be offered in quite a few options. The model lineup will probably contain the following options: Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i, and Z4 M40i. The 2018 BMW Z4 sDrive20i will sport a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor producing 180 horsepower and 200 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Z4 sDrive30i, the same 2.0-liter engine should produce around 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the Z4 M40i should have the same in-line six motor as the 340i producing 320 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque. Unfortunately, there will be no true BMW Z4 M model.
“Trio of Large Air Intakes”
BMW states the “trio of large air intakes are a nod to the powerful engine further back”. On the front end, large air intakes create an aggressive, angry appeal. These large air intakes are beneficial to the engine as more air flow will reach the actual intake system of the vehicle. As usual, BMW proudly displays its kidney style grills of which it has become known for. On the rear, the styling attempts to give it a wider feel creating the overall sensation of a low, long, and wide vehicle.
iDrive, Infotainment, & Two-Tone Leather
On the interior, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept has the standard infotainment system as well as the iDrive controller. To complement this, a two-tone interior welcomes the driver and guests. In the base model, BMW is installing 6-speed manual transmissions. For an upgrade cost, the Z4 can arrive with the 8-speed ZF Auto Box transmission. On the exterior, the new BMW Z4 will arrive with 17” standard wheels and have optional 18” and 19” wheels.
MSRP Expected to be $50,000 – $60,000
Overall, the 2018 BMW Z4 Roadster Concept was built to impress the crowd at Pebble Beach. With its new styling, the Z4 increases its appeal on the worldwide market. The MSRP should be similar to the previous Z4 model ranging between $50,000 and $60,000. This sports car has a reasonable price tag which will allow people with the dream of having a sports car to do so. In the end, the new BMW Z4 should be on the market as a 2018 or 2019 model.
According to BMW, the focus of the North American International Auto Show 2017 was innovation. BMW hoped to showcase a new vision for sustainable and progressive cars. BMW unveiled the BMW 5 Series Sedan and the Concept X2. Also on display were the BMW i3 and i8 electrical vehicles with their new battery technology. Finally, racing fans had a chance to get up close and personal with the BMW M6 GT3 for the very first time.
The New BMW 5 Series Sedan
The main difference between the New BMW 5 Sedan and previous versions is in the wide range of assistance systems BMW has included to help ease the driving experience.
“The BMW 5 Series displays motorway dynamics and elegance in a perfect combination. It is, therefore, the ideal business saloon.” – ADRIAN VAN HOOYDONK, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT BMW GROUP DESIGN
The 2017 BMW 5 is the first to have iDrive 6.0. The car responds to voice commands that regulate almost every function. With the Optional Gesture Control, you can choose to navigate the car with simple hand movements. You can also control communication and entertainment.
Another system installed on the BMW 5 Series is the Active Lane Keeping Assistant. With the use of camera sensors, the Assistant helps keep your vehicle in the center of the traffic lane. This keeps distracted drivers from drifting, thus reducing accidents.
The BMW 5 Series, while not the fastest car on the market, does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The car is lightweight and boasts BMW TwinPower Turbo engines. BMW promotes the combination of high-strength steel, magnesium, and aluminum they used to manufacture the car.
The BMW 5 Series Sedan seems to be similar to the previous versions except for new “gadget-like” controls. While cool, the use of gestures to drive your car, or having a computer keep you in the middle of your lane may not be enough to convince buyers that the BMW 5 is worth the sticker price.
The BMW Concept X2
Like the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the company has taken a previous version and changed up a few things in an effort to modernize it. The X2 is basically the sportier version of the X1, with most of the changes being in looks and not function.
BMW is marketing the Concept X2 to drivers who want a sporty, practical SUV type vehicle. They offer the car in a sporty red to make it eye-catching. BMW lengthened the wheelbase and extended the roof line to give the car a leaner, more powerful look.
“The X2 is a “vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality.”- Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design
Under the hood, the Concept X2 has an engine similar to the X1. The four-cylinder twin-turbo engine generates 228 horsepower, which is adequate, though not groundbreaking. Priced in the mid $30k range, the car offers a stylish alternative to a standard SUV.
Sustainable Driving with The BMW i3 and i8
The BMW i-series addresses the need for sustainable transportation. The 2017 BMW i3 boasts an improved battery pack which has 50% more capacity. This enables the i3 to go upwards of 150 miles on one charge. The Range Extender (REx) adds somewhere around 50 miles to that figure. The BMW i3 has 0% emissions and can be charged in less than 3 hours.
The BMW i8 hybrid has a 357 horsepower powertrain, and the car can move amazingly fast. In tests, it went from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds. The hybrid i8 gets about 38 mpg. BMW worked hard on the exterior of the i8. The dark silver paint and lines of the car make it seem more futuristic than other BMW models.
For drivers who want an all-electric vehicle, the BMW i3 is a good option. However, if you don’t mind a hybrid, the BMW i8 is sportier, fuel-efficient, and lightning fast. All-in-all it is a more exciting ride.
BMW M6 GT3
To thrill the race car enthusiasts attending the Detroit show, BMW brought their BMW M6 GT3 race car. As described by Top Gear, it is a “big-winged beast of a racecar.” The BMW M6 GT3 claimed the top spot at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Japan’s Super GT Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA.
BMW’s premier racing car has a six-speed sequential racing transmission along with state-of-the-art motorsport electronics. Modification to the chassis helped improve the aerodynamics of the vehicle. The M6 GT3 is a modified BMW M6 Coupe, designed specifically for racing.
What BMW Offered Show Attendees
BMW brought out its newest and latest gadgets, such as the Lane Assistant found on the BMW 5 Sedan. The Concept X2 presented viewers with a sportier SUV and BMW also showcased their i-Series “green” cars. Of those presented, the i8 seems the most interesting. The hybrid looks good, drives fast, and offers the benefits of hybrid technology. However, most car enthusiasts will be dreaming of the M6 GT3 sports car instead of BMW’s other NAIAS offerings.
2018 BMW i3 & i3s
The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.
125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower
The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.
2018 BMW i3 Base Model
For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.
2018 BMW i3s
For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.
BMW i3 is the New SMART Car
The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.