BMW To Debut M Performance Models of Crossover Lineup

BMW has already extended its performance-ready sports-car engineering to the X5 SAV, which got a major power boost in the form of an M performance variant. Now, two other nameplates in the BMW crossover lineup are getting M performance models. BMW revealed special X3 and X4 models at the Nurburgring with some brand new specs, signaling that M models are on the way.

On the subject of the power of the new performance crossovers, BMW M president Frank van Meel said in a press release, “The BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M will set benchmarks in terms of dynamics in their respective vehicle segment.”

As of right now, there’s no word on specific numbers when it comes to the X3 M and X4 M’s respective powertrains, but the two vehicles will be sharing both a platform and a brand-new turbocharged inline-six engine.

However, we can make a guess. The X3 M does have a comparable sedan model that is already out, the M3. Its powertrain generates 425 horsepower, so The Drive guessed that the M Performance models of the BMW X3 and X4 will have similar specs. BMW promised more information on the vehicles will come out in the first quarter of 2019, including the possibility of a launch date.

Here at BMW of Fort Wayne, we can hardly wait. If you can’t wait either, you can come and have a look at the current M performance lineup today.

The Best Car Accessories Every Driving Enthusiast Should Have

Aftermarket car accessories are the perfect way to upgrade your vehicle without having to spend much money. For extra safety and fun, check out our list of the best car accessories every driver should at least consider.

 

Jump Starter Kit

Most drivers have broken down from a dead battery at some time. In these situations, basic jumper cables are usually the go-to tool. But what if there isn’t another car around? A battery-powered jump starter kit removes this level of uncertainty, allowing you to quickly jump your own car no matter where you are.

 

Car Key Locator

If you’ve ever been late because of a misplaced set of car keys, the Tile car key locator should be on your shopping list. This cool device attaches to your keychain, after which you can track it with a smartphone app if you can’t quite remember where you put your keys down.

 

Dash Cam

Dash cams are the best way to safely record all of your favorite drives. And the best thing is, they’re better and more affordable than ever before. If you have ever wished you could capture some of your more memorable drives, a dash cam is a great addition to any car.

 

Of course, if you need a new vehicle in which to invest some of these car accessories, come to BMW of Fort Wayne. We will be happy to help you find the perfect vehicle for your life.

The Best Driving Apps to Boost Efficiency and Cut Down on Boredom

Whether you drive for work or just drive to work, the time we spend behind the wheel quickly adds up. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it’s important to use this time as efficiently as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of apps to help with just that. If you’re not sure where to start, be sure to check out our favorite driving apps that are sure to save you time and money while keeping you entertained.

 

Waze

There are several great navigation apps out there, but Waze is different in that it is updated in real time with information from other drivers, so you know right away about any unusual traffic due to things like accidents and unexpected road closures. If you like to find the quickest route possible, this one is definitely for you.

 

MileIQ

Especially if you drive as part of your job, keeping track of your mileage accurately can be a pain. MileIQ solves this problem by automatically tracking your total mileage and also keeping tabs on the number of drives and start/stop times.

 

Castbox

While not strictly speaking a driving app, podcast app Castbox makes our list because it easily turns even the most boring drive into some much-needed relaxation time. No matter what you’re into, you’re sure to find a podcast on Castbox that you’ll love somewhere amongst the more than 50 million episodes available.

 

Of course, messing with your phone while driving is bad, but modern vehicles like the ones here at BMW of Fort Wayne offer connective services to allow you to use your car’s infotainment system or driving apps with your phone, often hands-free or using steering wheel controls.

Innovative Hybrid System of the BMW i8 Wins International Engine of the Year Award

For the fourth year in a row, the BMW i8 has snagged the top spot in its category in the International Engine of the Year Awards. As the world’s leading competition in engine innovation and technology, this is no small feat. The BMW i8’s powertrain has established itself in a class of its own, offering an exceptional plug-in hybrid drive system with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

 

Debuted in 2014, the i8 system has created shockwaves across the industry. Upon release, it won the best new engine award as well as various overall innovation and design awards. As a plug-in hybrid sports car, the system is truly remarkable and is pioneering the future of PHEV technology.

 

The 2018 i8 can produce up to 231 horsepower from its gas engine and an additional 143 horsepower from its electric motor. The lively sports car boasts an all-electric driving range of 34 miles and an innovative all-wheel-drive system, in which the electric motor supplies power to the front axle and the gas engine supplies power to the rear axle.* This advanced power system can speed from zero to 60 mph in a mere 4.4 seconds, allowing you to conquer the road and accelerate into the future of automotive driving.

 

To learn more about the i8 or any of the other ground-breaking vehicles available in the BMW lineup, visit our friendly team at BMW of Fort Wayne.