Don’t Ignore These Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

August is here, which means school all across the country will be starting back up this month. Whether you have children in school or not, we all need to focus on our back-to-school driving safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Look out for children. In addition to more traffic on the road during the schoolyear, there will be kids walking and riding their bikes to school. Kids don’t always act the way we expect them to, so be sure to be extra cautious when you see kids on the sidewalks. If kids come out in the street in front of you, give them plenty of space and don’t act angrily toward them.

Obey school bus laws. Here in Indiana, all drivers are required to stop for a school bus that has its lights flashing and stop arm extended, no matter which direction you are travelling. Don’t speed around a school bus as it’s nearing a stop; a child could step out into the road early to cross.

Follow school zone rules. If your daily commute includes driving past a school, you know that you have to slow down during certain times of the day and deal with parents coming and going. If this frustrates you, consider leaving earlier or later so you don’t have to worry about school zone traffic.

If you need a safe, reliable vehicle for your family, consider an SAV® from BMW of Fort Wayne.

New BMW Models to Debut at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Several new BMW models are set to debut at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance set during Monterey Car Week in August, including production models and concept vehicles.

BMW Group will hold a press conference on the morning of Aug. 15 on the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Course to announce the new vehicles. The new production models will be based on last year’s concept, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe.

In addition, BMW will premiere two new concept cars: the hybrid sports car BMW Vision M Next and a recreation of the 1970 BMW Garmisch concept. Displaying these two cars together makes a powerful statement about the brand’s commitment to preserving the past while making strides toward the future.

The Vision M NEXT is the latest in the BMW NEXT line of concepts designed to show how the technology of the future could be incorporated into the BMW lineup. But while previous NEXT concepts have emphasized autonomous technology, the 600-horsepower Vision M NEXT plug-in hybrid is designed for the driving lovers of the future.

The Garmisch concept is faithfully designed to look as much as possible as the 1970 model, despite limited documentation of its specs and design and the sole concept ever made having disappeared decades ago.

To see the current lineup of cutting-edge BMW cars and crossovers, visit BMW of Fort Wayne.

BMW Hypercar May Be in the Works

While cars like the BMW M lineup are undeniably fast, a BMW hypercar would take that speed and agility to the next level. The BMW M performance division has been wanting to make a hypercar model for years, but it has to wait for approval from the top brass.

According to several BMW executives, the brand has been talking about a mid-engine hypercar design, but it does not have a current model that would work for its foundation. One possibility would be a hybridized high-performance coupe similar to the BMW i8.

 If this idea comes to fruition, the BMW i and M divisions could potentially work together to make sure the new hybrid model would also work for a hypercar design.

“They can remain distinct  entities because i does not stand for electrification… both of our companies use electric powertrains,” Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M, said during an interview with Motoring. “This doesn’t mean a conflict, because M will always stand for performance… i will stand for innovation, incubation of new technology, autonomous driving.”

If this joint design comes to fruition, we might see a hybrid hypercar design around 2023. It could have a total system output in excess of 700 horsepower and a starting price over $150,000.

If you’re ready for a new BMW now, instead of in 2023, contact us at BMW of Fort Wayne.

Luxury Car Care Tips to Ensure Your BMW Lasts

Now that you’ve got a new luxury car, it’s important to take proper care of it. This includes routine maintenance and service, including many things you can do yourself to extend the value of your car and to prevent future breakdowns. These luxury car care tips are essential, yet they’re also perfect for drivers of any level of handiness.

According to Road and Track, one of the first things you can do is get a car care kit, which includes wax, chamois cloth, special detergent, and tire cleaner. It’s a smart idea to clean off dirt and grit at least four times a year (about every change of season), adding a layer of protective wax. This will prevent UV damage to the paint and reduce the risk of rust developing.

Next, condition the leather surfaces. You can by kits to do this, but make sure to avoid lotion conditioner if you have perforated seats. Lexol 907 is a reliable brand that’s inexpensive but also won’t leave a greasy residue. Doing this will ensure your leather seats don’t crack or degrade in the sun.

Keep the headlights looking like new. There’s a 3M Quick Headlight Renewal Kit that’s affordable and simple. All you have to do is apply the compound and use a high-grit sandpaper to remove the dull yellow haze that forms after a few years.

Check your tires once a month as well. You can do a visible inspection to see if there’s any cracking, bulges, or bald spots, or you can do the penny test. Flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low to drive safely. While you’re down there, get a tire pressure gauge and inflate (or deflate) the tires if necessary. The proper psi should be listed on the driver’s side doorjamb.

If you need help maintaining your new BMW, contact the service department here at BMW of Fort Wayne.

Is a BMW M2 Racer Coming Soon?

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As if performance car fans didn’t already have plenty to be excited about with the announcement of the new 2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe, BMW Blog is now speculating that a track-ready racing version of the M2 Competition is on the way. While we’re still waiting on a lot of specific details, a new BMW M2 racer would make 2019 an incredible year for BMW fans of all sorts.

The forthcoming 2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe is itself a powerfully inspiring, undeniably stunning performance car, packing 405 horsepower thanks to an advanced twin turbocharging system and next-generation drivetrain engineering. With 0-60 mph acceleration in just 4.0 seconds, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition Coupe will be anything but a slouch on the track.

The rumored BMW M2 racer, however, would take things even further. BMW Blog is guessing that the M division at BMW might even fine-tune the 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine to around 470 horsepower, a substantial increase from the road variant.

Additionally, the racing version would probably sport a stripped out interior, adjustable suspension, more aerodynamic construction, and enhanced brake components for handling the stress of circuit racing. If the new BMW M2 racer does roll out soon, it would likely replace the existing M240i Racing Cup.

We don’t sell traditional race cars here at BMW of Fort Wayne, but contact us today to learn more about the performance-ready vehicles in the BMW lineup.

BMW Unveils Thrilling 2020 Alpina B7

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If you love all things big, bold, and powerful, then you are going to absolutely adore the 2020 Alpina B7 recently unveiled by BMW. This full-size luxury sedan does so much more than just look amazing. It will knock your socks off, too.

Underneath the hood is a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This is enough power for the B7 to reach 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It also boasts a top speed of 205 mph. Compared to the previous B7 model, this new version is 12 mph faster at top speed.

To maintain its precision performance, the car will automatically lower itself by 0.6 inches when travelling at speeds over 140 mph. This helps lower the center of gravity. On the other hand, its air suspension can lift the car by 0.8 inches for increased ground clearance, when needed.

The B7 comes standard with beautiful 20-inch Alpina Classis wheels, but a larger 21-inch set is available. That set is made from high-strength, high-density aluminum.

Inside, passengers will enjoy a supremely quiet ride thanks to additional insulation and shielding. In addition to the front windshield, laminated glass is also used on the side and rear windows.

For more information on the release of the 2020 BMW Alpina B7, contact us at BMW of Fort Wayne.

BMW Introduces First-Ever 2020 X3 M and X4 M

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On February 12th, BMW introduced the first-ever 2020 X3 M and X4 M, adding two new vehicles to its M lineup. The BMW M lineup is full of high-performing vehicles that are both street and track-capable, and with the addition of the new 2020 X3 M Sports Activity Vehicle and 2020 X4 M Sports Activity Coupe, the lineup just got even better.

The 2020 X3 M and X4 M will feature a standard, high-revving S58 3.0-liter six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine that delivers a whopping 473 horsepower and up to 442 lb-ft of torque. For the most daring at heart, you’ll can opt for the 503 horsepower Competition version of these vehicles. Both advanced engines combine innovative design features, such as a rigid closed-deck design, two mono-scroll turbochargers, and a 3D-printed cylinder head.

The fierce X3 M and X4 M will be able to achieve 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds while the Competition models shave off an additional 0.1 seconds. The models will have an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph, which increases to 174 mph with the M Driver’s Package and 177 mph on Competition models. The vehicles wouldn’t hold the BMW name if they didn’t offer unparalleled driving dynamics, delivering class-leading handling and refined comfort alongside their breathtaking performance.

We’re excited at BMW of Fort Wayne for the two new additions to the legendary M lineup. If you’d like to stay up to date on information regarding the 2020 X3 M and X4 M, call or subscribe to our newsletter.

Explore Your Community with These Fort Wayne Winter Activities

Fort Wayne Winter Activities

Whether you’re looking for a new date idea or for a fun event for the family, try one of these fun Fort Wayne winter activities.

Indoor Park — One popular activity in Fort Wayne is the Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park. Kids can have a great time burning energy with dodgeball, a sky-ladder, and a free-jump. You can also find an occasional black-light music party on weekends.

Arts and Crafts — Painting with a Twist provides step-by-step art instruction, so you don’t have to be an expert in painting to enjoy yourself. Adults can even enjoy some wine and beer while they learn how to create landscapes.  

Outdoor Fun — Franke Park is a local hotspot for sledding. It’s open year-round and it’s known for its playground and hiking paths, but if you look behind the tree line you’ll find a huge hill for sledding. Headwaters Park Ice Skating area is nearby, which is perfect for a romantic outing. Kids are welcome, of course.  

Museums — There are plenty of amazing museums in the Fort Wayne area such as the African/African American Historical Museum or the Firefighters Museum. You mustn’t forget about the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

We at BMW of Fort Wayne love to enjoy everything our city has to offer, and we hope you do the same.

Holiday Events in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The holiday season is here, which means the world is filled with lights and cheer. If you and your family want to go see Santa or see some fantastic light displays, we have some fun holiday events in Fort Wayne for you to try.

Victorian Holiday

The Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is going back in time this year to celebrate Christmas before the turn of the century. The Conservatory will be decorated with candles and handmade décor with a distinctly Victorian feel. The display is open Tuesdays through Sundays through Jan. 6.

Christmas at Home

Visit the historic Swinney Homestead and enjoy a Christmas tea with the Swinney Sisters. The homestead will be open and fully decorated for Christmas from Dec. 7-8. There will be a fun gift shop on the second floor if you are looking for some unique gifts. Tickets are required in advance.

Christmas Festival of Lights at Moose Lake

Moose Lake will be decked out for the Christmas season and is open for tours through Dec. 22. Thousands of lights will illuminate the historic village. Inside Mackey’s General Store there will be music, Christmas trees, and more decorations. Santa will be there to visit with the kids.

From our family at BMW of Fort Wayne to you and yours: Have a very happy holiday!

New BMW i4 Announced at Paris Auto Show

This October at the Paris Motor Show, BMW made an exciting announcement: a new electric vehicle will be released in 2021. It called the new vehicle the BMW i4, adding another model to BMW’s prestigious i Division line. The i Division features state-of-the-art electric vehicle technology cased in sophisticated BMW designs.

BMW hasn’t unveiled any formal details about the i4, but industry experts assume that it will be either a sedan or coupe. Harald Krüger, who is Chairman of the Board of Management for BMW, promised that the i4 will be light, dynamic, and easily handled on the road. It will also feature cutting-edge connectivity technology, making the vehicle distinctly modern and forward-thinking.

The i4 is not the only electric vehicle from BMW that it will release in the coming years. BMW has also unveiled plans for a MINI EV, an iX3 electric crossover, and more. The automaker intends to offer 25 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in its lineup by 2025, showing that innovative electric vehicle technologies are central to the brand’s future.

Although known for their futuristic aesthetic, BMW announced that its EVs going forward will be more conventionally designed, focusing on driving dynamics rather than unusual design. However, BMW is virtually incapable of doing anything boring, so we’re sure its EV cars will still continue to lead the industry in terms of sophisticated, modern design.

We are excited about BMW’s strides into electrification. If you want to learn more or test-drive an electric BMW yourself, come to BMW of Fort Wayne.