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Let it be the Wind Beneath Your Wings

Envision this scenario: It’s a sunny spring day in Arizona and you decide to go for a drive in the mountains. You sit in your new BMW Z4 Roadster and turn the key. The engine rumbles to life. After fastening your seatbelt, you drop the top and get out on the highway. You feel the power as you shift through the gears while enjoying the sun on your arms and forehead. The wind is cool, but not as cool as you as you maneuver through the congestion on the Valley freeways and hit the open road. Once there, it’s only you, the sun and the wind as you put your Z4 through its paces. All that’s standing between you and this idyllic situation is a trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Iconic Z4 Outshines the Competition

There may be cheaper roadsters on the market, but none outshine the performance and driveability of the BMW Z4. With a hardtop that can go up or down in as little as 19 seconds, you can choose to let mother nature in on your drive or keep her an arm’s distance away. The beauty of the Z4 design is only overshadowed by its legendary performance. Whether you choose the sDrive 28i with a 4-cylinder turbo that produces 240 horses, the 35i with a 6 cylinder that pumps out 300 horsepower, or the 35is with direct injection that increases low-end torque, you’ll find the Z4 has plenty of pep for whatever challenges you want to tackle. Combined with near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the rear wheel drive system of the Z4 provides increased traction as the thrust moves all the weight rearward.

Don’t Sacrifice Performance for Comfort

There are some sports cars that are fun to drive, but leave you feeling like you’ve been through the tumble dry cycle at the local laundromat. The Z4 isn’t one of those cars. The cabin is so comfortable you might just want to spend the night. Luxurious leather seats and sophisticated appointments are what owning a premium vehicle are all about. The circular cluster of instruments is classic BMW, putting all the vehicle information you’ll need within easy sight. Although the base stereo is excellent, opt for the premium sound package and you’ll find yourself bathed in concert quality sound with an amplifier that’s adjustable to your specifications. See how special the BMW Z4 is to drive by taking a trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.  It’s an excellent way to increase the joy factor in your life.

Study Measures Driver’s Experience With Car Tech

Both the 2016 BMW 2-Series and 4-Series were tops among driver satisfaction with new technology, according to a survey conducted by JD Power. Surveys reflect customer satisfaction, or lack thereof, with six different categories of technology: Smartphone Mirroring, Driving Assistance, Navigation, Entertainment and Connectivity, Comfort and Convenience, and Collision Protection. BMW’s two awards dominated the premium car category, proving that the automaker is on the forefront of making technology work for consumers. See the latest technological marvels the company has to offer by taking a trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW Navigation Makes Travel Easier

The all-new iDrive 5.0 system has a large 8.8-inch display to let drivers easily see routes, destinations and trouble spots. The maps are updated often to give you the very latest data. The system also offers an optional Wi-Fi hotspot to let you stream music and keep your passengers connected while you’re on the road. Wireless phone charging capability means you’ll never have to hunt for a cable again to keep your phone operating smoothly.

Driving Assistant Helps Avoid Collision

One of the ground-breaking technologies pioneered by BMW is the Driving Assistant, which both warns drivers of an impending collision and then takes some action if the driver fails to respond. Lane Departure Warning, for example, is able to read lane markings and then vibrate the steering wheel to alert the driver if the vehicle starts to drift at high speeds. Both the Approach and Person warning are triggered if a vehicle or person is in your path. A light is the first indicator, followed by an audible alarm. If the driver still doesn’t brake, the vehicle will do the job for you. Other technology helps you park in crowded spaces and back up without running over the kids’ toys.

Hidden Tech Improves Handling

BMWs are not called the “Ultimate Driving Machine” for nothing. There’s a lot of engineering going on that most drivers will never even notice, unless they try and drive a less expensive car as aggressively as their BMW 2-Series. BMW Dynamic Stability control keeps your car locked onto the road as if it were on rails, giving you the gift of powering through corners like a rock star. The technology behind BMW’s smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission lets you take full advantage of the vehicle’s power without wasting an ounce of torque. Head to Chapman BMW on Camelback today and see why the new BMW 2-Series is the talk of the tech world.

Popular Business Sedan Gets More Performance

Now with the BMW Motorsports “M” in front of its name, the new M550i xDrive delivers outstanding performance at the very pinnacle of the business sedan lineup. The BMW 5-Series has long been a popular choice for executives looking for comfort and sophistication. With a twin turbo V8 that produces 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, this sedan just got some serious street cred. The M550i xDrive will make the run from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds as it climbs to its electronically-governed top speed of 155 mph. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW on Camelback to see when you can give this dynamic driving machine a test ride.

Power Distributed Through Steptronic Transmission

Utilizing a specifically modified Steptronic 8-speed transmission to deliver the power from the engine to all four wheels, the M550ix Drive tailors the shift mode specifically for the twin turbo engine. This allows the driver to find quick engagement of the gears across the entire power range. Shift paddles on the steering wheel or a console shifter allow you the option of changing gears yourself or sitting back and allowing the transmission to do all the work.

All-wheel Drive Offers Bias Toward Rear Wheel Power

There’s a reason the majority of the world’s great race cars are powered with rear wheel drive; power to the back wheels offers greater control as the weight shifts to the rear when you hit the gas. The BMW 5-Series xDrive is intelligent all-wheel drive that provides power to any wheel that needs it, but has a slight bias toward the rear wheels, providing precise handling and a more dynamic drive. The M550i xDrive is also lowered by 10 millimeters, bringing the center of gravity closer to the ground for increased grip around corners. Choose the Sport or Sport+ driving mode and the power steering automatically delivers more feel to the wheel, allowing for drivers to take charge as the M sedan powers through corners.

M Performance Models for ‘Sporty’ Customers

“We develop the BMW M Performance automobiles for customers who are seeking very sporty driving characteristics yet do not wish to sacrifice any of their BMW’s everyday practicality,” according to BMW M GmbH CEO Frank van Meel. “The experience and expertise garnered by BMW M in the world of motor sport and the development of high-performance sports cars are also channeled into the development of our BMW M Performance automobiles.” You can inspect the entire BMW 5-Series and the M Performance inventory by taking a quick trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.