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2020 BMW 7-Series Starts At $87,445

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Are you a fan of the massive grille on the new 2020 BMW 7-Series? If you are and want to get your hands on it, better be ready to shell out $87,445. And that’s just for the base model. The revamped full-size luxury sedan will again compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class which outsold the 7-Series 14,978 to 8,271 units last year.

The 740i is the base model that’s priced at $87,445. The power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque through a rear-wheel-drive configuration. The 740i xDrive model will have an all-wheel-drive but that will cost $90,445. The interior materials come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch screen that sits atop the center stack to serve as the infotainment system’s hub.

Leather is standard for the seats but you can choose Nappa leather for an extra $1,500. Do you want the leather quilted? Then add another $500. Other upholstery motifs can set you back up by $5,500.

Moving up the ladder is the 745e xDrive Performance model. Priced at $96,545, this trim level adds an electric motor to the inline-6 engine to create a plug-in hybrid system. Power is up to 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment is identical to the 740i.

Next up is the 750i xDrive that starts at $103,645. Powered by BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, this produces 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. There are more options for this trim level that are not available for the 740i and the 745e xDrive. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package includes an electric reclining right side rear seat and footrest, as well as a rear center console and rear seat entertainment system. That will cost $5,750.

The top-of-the-line model is the 760i that comes with a $158,695 price tag. It packs a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 that produces 600 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. There are numerous options for this model such as the $4,100 Autobahn Package, the $750 Cold Weather Package, the $3,900 Luxury Rear Seating Package, and an M Sport Package for performance materials.

The new 2020 BMW 7-Series will begin its production in March this year with the first cars arriving in dealerships by April.

2021 BMW i4 EV Electric Car Shows Influence From Vision Dynamics Concept

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Spy photos of the 2021 BMW i4 electric car showed that it did follow last year’s i Vision Dynamics concept as can be seen from its four-door coupe silhouette, angular c-pillar, a decklid with a slight ducktail spoiler lip, and a front end with a sloping roof.

The i4 was confirmed by BMW chairman Harald Krüger at the Paris Auto Show in October last year. Dubbed as the i4, this will be the group’s fifth fully electric “core” model. This is also the fourth EV that BMW produced between now and 2021.

According to the i Vision Dynamics concept, the i4 will have an electric range of 373 miles, a top speed of 125 mph, and a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds. But unlike the current i3 and i8, the i4 won’t be made with a carbon-fiber structure.

The spy shots, which showed the i4 in camouflage while riding on the back of a car carrier, hinted of small kidney grilles out front though it is also possible the production model will carry the concept’s burly and massive conjoined kidney grilles. It’s hard to see anything else with all that camouflage but the headlights and the taillights are not production units yet. Similar to the 4-Series Gran Coupe, the i4 might be a liftback with a large hatchback opening perfect for outdoor adventure.

The BMW Group is expected to release three other new EVs over the next three years. This year, it will be the Mini Electric, which was previewed as a concept last year. The production car will sit close to the concept and will share the powertrain of the refreshed i3, which has a range of 153 miles.

Up next is the iX3 in 2020, which was also previewed as a concept. This is the electronic version of the X3 crossover. It carries a 70.0-kWh battery pack with a range of 249 miles on the European cycle.

Finally, the iNext should arrive in 2021. Previewed through the Vision iNext concept, this will be BMW’s tech flagship and will have a range of 373 miles, reaching 60 mph in less than four seconds.

BMW’s Position On Manual Transmission: To Offer It On New M3 And M4

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BMW finally clarified its position on the manual transmission and said that the coming M3 and M4 will come with the row-your-own gearbox. This position was made clear by the German automaker at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show.

Klaus Fröhlich, the candid BMW board member and head of development, said that in the M4, at least, the manual transmission will still be available for the next decade. “I think M4 should be the fortress of manual. So the last manual transmission which will die, it should die in an M4, as late as possible. That’s my view.”

His statement officially shuts down the notion that BMW planned on killing the manual transmission. That news was first heard in 2017.

However, like former M boss Frank van Meel, Fröhlich warned that the day will come when the manual transmission will be extinct. He said that the transmission creates major headaches for auto engineers who must update the gearboxes to be able to handle massive amounts of torque. In fact, there is no transmission partner who likes to develop a new manual gearbox and it’s unprofitable to continue serving a small number of customers.

The latest problem with the manual transmission was manifested in the Ford 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, which only came, at best, with a dual-clutch transmission.

What Fröhlich wants now is to prolong the life of the current manual transmission setup, which will be available in both the M3 and M4 that will be built sometime in 2027 or 2028. After that, it is unclear what BMW and the M division plan to do, but we should expect the last manual transmission to “die” with the M4.

Meanwhile, the BMW boss also revealed that the M3 and M4 will come with an all-wheel-drive setup, though it won’t be standard. It will be a “variant” for the next sports car.

What Makes The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Stand Out?

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The new BMW 8 Series Convertible is coming with a lot of standard features. Although the Convertible looks identical to the Coupe, the dimensions are a little different and it comes with a soft top that can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

At first glance, the 8 Series Convertible looks like a coupe with a soft-top roof. The convertible, however, will be shorter than the coupe and the height will be 7mm lower, too, unless you want that unlimited headroom by dropping down the roof.

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The coup de grace of the 8 Series Convertible is the electric soft top that can open or close in just 15 seconds. When closed, the car is designed to have a slight taut to maintain that coupe-like appearance. While this is great, that soft-top roof will eliminate the boot space. The Convertible only has 350 liters of usable cargo room, which is 70 liters less than the 8 Series Coupe. The top will come standard in black but buyers can choose an Anthracite Silver finish for an additional price.

The soft droptop is not the only thing that separates the BMW 8 Series Convertible from the rest. BMW also included a wind deflector as standard equipment. This will help reduce wind turbulence but if you don’t need it, you can remove, fold, and stow it away.

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The front seats can be electronically adjusted and they come with neck warmers. If you want this same setting on the seats and steering wheel, you have to mark these off on the options page and pay a little extra. The Convertible also comes with a new rollover-protection system that has two aluminum bars inside the front seat headrests. Should there be an accident, the bars will automatically shoot up and help protect occupants from being crushed.

Check Out This Cool Render of the BMW i4

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The BMW i4 electric vehicle (EV) is expected to hit the market in 2021. The car is the production version of the I Vision Dynamics concept vehicle of BMW. The EV is still in its development phase, so its maker is yet to unveil its final design, but an artist who goes by the name “Avarii” made an awesome render of the car already.

The render shows a more conventional take on the i4 EV. Although there are still hints of the I Vision Dynamics concept in its design, it has abandoned its overly futuristic elements.

The front grille of the i4 in the images follows the shape of its concept version but it adopts a mesh found in the traditional design of cars today. The wheels, as well as the glass panes of the windows, rear glass, and windshield of the i4, also show a more practical approach.

The artist seems to have taken some cues from the recent statement of BMW about the i4. Adrian van Hooydonk, the company’s design director, confirmed through an interview with Auto Express that the upcoming EV will be more “conventional looking”.

The BMW exec believes that customers don’t believe in “design differentiation” anymore when it comes to EVs. He explained that electric mobility will already be a norm in the years to come. Therefore, it will just become one of the powertrain offerings that customers can choose from. As a result, buyers may no longer care about “design differentiation”.

Robert Irlinger, BMW’s head of i division, aired the same sentiments about the styling of the i4. He claimed that customers might prefer the signature design of BMW cars rather than a different one. With that, he said they might pattern the appearance of the i4 with one of their cars with a “4” in its name.

2019 BMW i3 Comes With A 153-Mile Range

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The 2019 BMW i3, which is starting its production in November, will come with a 153-mile range, thanks to its bigger battery that features a 42.2-kWh capacity. This is the second time that the German brand upgraded the i3’s battery since it was launched in 2014.

The last time the i3’s battery was updated was in 2017 when a 33-kWh battery was added to bump the range electric car’s range to 115 miles. This upcoming update will mark a 30-percent improvement over the previous 94-Ah battery (that makes 115 miles). The first battery that the i3 came with it in 2014 only offers a range of 81 miles.

The 42.2-kWh battery is set to be the standard across the range, meaning that the i3 REX range-extended model might see a similar boost in its range and output. BMW didn’t say how much range should be expected, though we expect the same improvement. According to a recent study by the EPA, the most recent iteration of the range extender added 66 miles of range. If you add that to the new battery’s estimated range, it means we’re looking at a 2019 range extender that can drive as far as 219 miles.

The sportier i3 will also use the same battery pack. The standard i3 will be powered by an electric motor that produces 170 horsepower, just enough to get this electric car to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds. In the sportier trim, the electric motor provides 181 horsepower and can sprint to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

There are other updated to the 2019 BMW i3 aside from the battery. There will be a new exterior color called the Jucaro beige metallic and the Mega World trim now gets an optional interior package that is lined with brown trim, grey vinyl, and brown cloth. Other features are LED headlights with cornering lights and automatic high beams, BMW’s iDrive 6.0 infotainment system, a WiFi hotspot, and wireless charging tray.

There is no information yet on the release date of the new i3. The pricing should also be announced closer to the actual on-sale date.

What We Know About The 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible

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BMW has revived its 8-Series coupe as seen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Its dedicated racing version even competed in the prestigious race for GTE class for production-based cars. The flagship car will be seen in BMW showroom starting December and those with $112,895 to spare can have it in the M850i trim.

That’s not all. BMW is also treating us to a convertible version of the 8-Series. The original 8-Series, of course, never treated us to a convertible model so this is a welcome treat for BMW fans. We did get a prototype, but it never went into full production mode. That’s about to change now as a convertible version of the 8-Series was spotted.

The soft-top BMW 8-Series convertible has been spotted going around and it actually revealed way more details than we have anticipated. It makes sense for the German automaker to use a soft-top instead of a hardtop to keep the weight of the car down and preserve the original silhouette of the coupe version.

Similar to the coupe version, the soft-top convertible uses BMW’s CLAR modular platform. There are no clear details yet on the engine options for the 8-Series convertible but we expect to see the M850i coupe’s new twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 making 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. There should be one engine lower than the turbocharged 4.4-liter unit and we know for a fact that BMW plans on making a high-performance M8 convertible in the future.

The 8-Series range will be produced at BMW’s main plant in Dingolfing, Germany. The coupe should arrive in showrooms in December while the convertible will likely arrive next spring. Once in the market, the 8-Series will be competing with the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

After the 8-Series Convertible, BMW plans on making an 8-Series Gran Coupe while the sedan variant is due out next year.

Check out the new spy video of the upcoming BMW 8-Series Convertible here:

Details About The 2019 BMW Z4 Released

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Last month, German automaker BMW unveiled the 2019 BMW Z4, which sports an aggressive look for the new-generation model. Up until now, though, BMW has been short on details about the new roadster, especially when it comes to the engine options.

Thankfully, we now have detailed report about the new Z4, which will start selling in March 2019. The Z4 will initially launch with the sDrive30i variant. The model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. In the second quarter of the year, the Z4 M40i variant will follow with a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 that will produce 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It’s the same as the prototype revealed earlier.

Both engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic, which is the only transmission available for the Z4. The sDrive30i can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds while the M40i can hit it in 4.4 seconds.

This next-generation Z4 is bigger than its predecessor. It stands 3.3 inches longer, 2.9 inches wider, and 0.5 inches taller. The wheelbase, however, is 1.0-inch shorter. There’s a new platform underpinning the car and it enjoys the double-jointed front spring struts and a five-link rear suspension. This is a first for any BMW roadster.

The suspensions are made with aluminum, which will make the 2019 Z4 lighter compared to its predecessor. As for handling, the roadster will have a new steering system with variable power assist and ratio to improve precision and make low-speed maneuvering easier.

The M40i, in particular, will get an adaptive M suspension with a 10-mm lower ride height, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport differential as standard. You can also get these with the sDrive30i as options. There will be three modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+.

Driver assistance tech will be standard. It includes collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning. Options are blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, rear cross-traffic alert, and a new rear collision protection system.

 

2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance Gets Enhanced Drivetrain Options

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It’s not exactly the easiest name to remember. Thankfully, Twitter stretched its character limit, so we can now tweet about the new 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance. We haven’t even managed to get our hands on the BMW X5, but we’re already dealing with a performance version of the car that would depend on a host of electric powertrains.

The new plug-in X5 is going to replace the X5 xDrive40e and would be different in every single thing that matters. This new car is going to leave behind its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 286 horsepower. This engine will be paired with a 112-horsepower electric motor for a total output of 394 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. BMW’s all-wheel-drive system should be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can accelerate to 60 mph from a complete stop in just 5.6 seconds. The top speed was bumped to 146 mph.

The 2020 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is going to answer another problem that the current X5 xDrive40e is having. Today’s X5 xDrive40e can only go 14 miles from a full charge, but this new car is going to bump that number to an estimated 50 miles. Some people could even go their entire trip in electric mode. When in this mode, top speed would be 87 mph from the previous 74 mph.

Since this is an iPerformance trim, BMW placed the lithium-ion batteries under the body of the vehicle. This resulted in better handling because the center of gravity was lower compared to other X5 models. There’s one downside, though: the X5 xDrive45e iPerformance is going to lose about five cubic feet of storage space because of the battery pack.

Europe will get this car in 2019. The United States would have to wait, though. Pricing isn’t available for now but as a reference, the base 2019 X5 begins at $61,695 while the top-of-the-line is $76,745.

5 Things To Know About The New BMW Z4

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The new BMW Z4 is scheduled to be released next spring and by the looks of it, the Z4 will bring a storm over. Developed in tandem with the new Toyota Supra, the Z4 is every bit similar to the prototype that was seen at the Pebble Beach event last year.

Though the two models will emerge from the same process, they could not be different: the BMW Z4 will be a convertible-only model while the Toyota Supra will be sold as a coupe.

The Z4’s looks and proportions are very similar to the concept previewed last year. There’s a short overhang at the front end and a visible decrease in wheelbase compared with the outgoing Z4.

1. It Has A Fabric Roof

The new Z4 will make use of a fabric roof, foregoing the aluminum hard-top of the outgoing model. The fabric roof can open and close in 10 seconds flat, and it was chosen to be one of the new Z4’s main features on grounds of complexity, cost, and weight. The new car’s total curb weight will be 50 kg lighter than its predecessor. That will give the car better aerodynamics power.

2. The New Lightweight Configuration Speeds Up The Car

At 50 kg lighter, the new BMW Z4 can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. That’s largely thanks to a 3.0-liter straight-six petrol engine that produces 340 horsepower. Other powertrains in the lineup include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol, at least one more version of the straight-six unit, a plug-in hybrid version, and a fully focused M version.

3. Its Cabin Has BMW’s Cockpit Layout

The cabin of the Z4 will show an evolved version of BMW’s cockpit layout. It would prominently feature a newly designed digital instrument panel and a “fared-in” infotainment system. The iDrive rotary controller is positioned on the center panel beside the controller.

4. Arrival

The Z4 will be on sale in the UK next spring.

5. Price

We expect the price range to be between $38,000 and $62,000.

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