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BMW 3 Series eDrive Offers Plug-in Hybrid Efficiency

When drivers think of the typical hybrid, they might envision an efficient, but slow, mode of transportation that is hard to get excited about. One look at the new 3 Series eDrive dispels such notions, as the combination of an electric motor and BMW’s twin turbo puts out an impressive 248 horsepower and 310 foot pounds of neck compressing torque. This little fun machine goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and can cover a range of 370 miles using the electric charge and gasoline backup. It can cover 22 miles on the electric charge alone and will come to the Chapman BMW on Camelback dealership in the spring of 2016.

M4 GTS Brings Coupe to a New Level

The BMW M4 Coupe was always a hoot to drive, but with the creation of this racing inspired upgrade, the M4 GTS is now on a whole other level. Step on the accelerator and you unleash 493 horsepower from the water-injected TwinPower Turbo engine that takes you from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds. BMW is only making about 700 of these models for global distribution, with only 300 destined for the United States. Get your name in now at your Phoenix BMW dealer if you want a chance to have one of these beauties in your garage.

X1 Brings Luxury to Compact SUV Market

Although available previously in Europe, the compact X1 SUV is making its debut in America at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Its unique interior design provides plenty of room for passengers and cargo, while its performance is worthy of the BMW nameplate. The X1 takes just 6.3 seconds to go from 0-60, utilizing the 2-liter, TwinPower Engine that produces 228 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard on this model and works seamlessly with a new chassis technology to deliver a sporty ride with supreme handling.

Prepare for Arrival of New Flagship

Now in its sixth generation, the BMW 7 Series is the flagship sedan of this impressive line of automobiles. Completely redesigned for this year, the vehicle is lighter, has improved driving ability and is more comfortable than ever before. It features such cool new technology as “Gesture Control,” which allows you to control many vehicle functions with just a wave of your hand. A display key fob relays important vehicle information at the click of a button. The 7 Series is more luxurious than ever, which you can see for yourself by visiting Chapman BMW on Camelback.

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Battle of Big Luxury Sedans Continues

If you want luxurious seats that give you a warm massage or provide cooling ventilation on a hot summer day, there are a limited number of vehicles that provide such a service. Apart from the super luxury cars made by Bentley and Rolls Royce, you are pretty much limited to the S Class Mercedes Benz or the BMW 7-Series. Both provide the plush seating, along with features like a cabin fragrance spritzer, concierge system and rear-seat video viewing. Where BMW leaves its competition in the dust is in the performance category. Recent tests by “Car and Driver” magazine compared the new 750i xDrive with a 4.4-liter V8 engine against a Mercedes S550 4Matic. Results are shown below, but don’t take their word for it. Put the 750i through its paces by visiting Chapman BMW on Camelback.

‘Effortless Acceleration’ From BMW Flagship

The 4.4-liter engine in the BMW 7-Series delivers 445 horsepower, which is 10 less than the Mercedes engine. BMW makes up for the lack of power in other areas, rushing from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. That’s 4/10ths of a second faster than the Merc. The BMW 7-Series also won the quarter mile race, completing the run in 12.7 seconds with a top speed of 111.9 mph. The Mercedes lagged behind at 13.3 seconds and 107.4 mph. “Effortless acceleration, quick shifting, planted – this is where the 7 is most at home,” said Car and Driver associate editor Christian Seabaugh.

BMW Technology a Show Stopper on 7-Series

Safety systems and technology like parking assist are quickly becoming a yawn for sophisticated buyers, but how many vehicles have you driven where you can control the infotainment system with a simple wave of your fingers? Gesture control allows you to adjust the volume or move from screen to screen with simple hand movements. Pinch your fingers together to see a complete birds-eye view of the vehicle while parking. The Display Key is essentially a fob that shows important vehicle information like available fuel and range to empty. A new touchpad also lets drivers use their fingers to handwrite navigation commands.

Passengers May Not Want to Leave

One of the problems with the executive lounge seating in the rear of the 7-Series is that it is so comfortable and has so many features that you might have a hard time getting your guests to leave. Reclining seats make long rides seem short and short rides disappointing. Passengers indulge themselves with their personal touch screens that provide Wi-Fi access for work or play. The luxury is truly something that has to be seen to be believed, so head to Chapman BMW on Camelback and check out the next best thing in the luxury car market.