BMW Waves Goodbye to an Award-Winning Year

2019 was an award-winning year for BMW. The automaker recently compiled a list of the 50 accolades its vehicles won over the past 12 months. Here’s a brief overview of some of the brand’s highlights for 2019.

Electric vehicles

For the fifth consecutive year, the BMW i8 won the Engine of the Year Award for its drivetrain. The plug-in hybrid luxury sedans of the BMW 7 Series earned the Green Executive Car of the Year award from Professional Driver Magazine’s readers’ poll. And two other electric models won the DrivingElectric Awards — the BMW X5 xDrive 45e and the BMW 330e. 

Interior technology

Built-in cabin tech was another area that the brand excelled in for 2019. BMW secured four titles for the Car Connectivity Award from Auto Motor und Sport. Readers voted the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System as No. 1 in the Sound Systems category. The BMW Live cockpit Professional won for the Navigation Systems category. The Driving Assistant Professional system won in the Safety Assistance Systems category. These three titles helped the BMW 3 Series win the publication’s crowning tech-related accolade of “best networked car.”

BMW 3 Series

Besides the “best networked car” title, the BMW 3 Series gained a few more awards. Auto Motor und Sport lauded the series as the “best design innovation of the year.” The German auto magazine Auto Zeitung also awarded the series the Design Trophy, as well as the Auto Trophy in the Middle Class category.

Celebrate the brand’s recent awards when you stop by BMW of Fort Wayne to take your favorite BMW model for a whirl.

BMW Provides a Vision of the Future with its BMW Vision Next 100 Concept Vehicle

BMW was founded over a century ago, and even from its earliest days, the company has been at the forefront of automotive design. BMW recently shared its vision of what the future of the automotive industry might resemble with its BMW Vision Next 100 Concept Vehicle.

This concept vehicle includes many features and technologies that BMW plans to introduce to its vehicles in the near future. Some of these features include a unique two-handle steering wheel, ergonomic seating within the cabin, and doors that don’t have any handles.

Perhaps the most interesting design choice for the BMW Vision Next 100 is its use of carbon fiber and plastic for the exterior makeup. A vehicle composed of these materials would be more lightweight and resistant to rusting.

The technology featured front and center for the BMW Vision Next 100 is its self-driving capabilities. The exciting new technologies proposed by BMW for the concept car are focused around these self-driving capabilities, from an interactive windshield to exterior lighting and signals that let surrounding drivers know when the BMW Vision Next 100 is in self-driving mode.

We at BMW of Fort Wayne hope to see these technologies make their way into future BMW vehicles. Until then, you can explore what BMW currently has to offer with the vehicles in our inventory.

New 2020 BMW M2 CS Coupe Makes 444 Horsepower

BMW has just announced the next evolution of its popular M2 sports car: the new 2020 BMW M2 CS Coupe. Designed to “blend racetrack optimization with everyday usability,” this new high-performance coupe will be the most capable M2 yet.

The automaker estimates the M2 CS Coupe will make 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, representing an impressive 39-hp improvement over the M2 Competition. It features body panels and components made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer to help reduce weight as well, improve aerodynamics and even lower the center of gravity. It also comes with exclusive Alcantara® and carbon fiber interior trim to differentiate itself from previous models.

The inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine is paired with your choice of a rev-matching six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. To prevent wheelspin, the M2 CS Coupe gets an Active M locking differential capable of over 1,800 lb-ft of full locking power. And for better handling, it boasts a standard Adaptive M suspension, M Compound brakes, and varying degrees of steering assistance you can select via three preconfigured driving programs.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Coupe rides on standard 19-inch Y-spoke style wheels wrapped in either Michelin® Cup 2 tires or mixed performance tires. Inside, exclusive embroidery, badging and fine materials further help set the M2 CS Coupe Apart.

The M2 CS Coupe makes its official world debut at Automobility LA, and a separate racing version of the car will be offered by BMW Motorsport as an entry-level model for customer racing teams.

If the road-going M2 is the one that’s caught your eye, make sure to get yours at BMW of Fort Wayne.

Our Favorite Fall Events in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Whether you love the warm weather or can’t wait for summer to come to an end, one thing is certain: Fall is just around the corner. And if you’re in Fort Wayne, Indiana, there is no shortage of incredible autumn fun to be had nearby. No matter if you’re a lifetime resident or just passing through, be sure to check out these awesome fall events in Fort Wayne, Indiana which are fast approaching.

Ridenour Acres Corn Maze

Through the end of October, don’t miss out on the incredible corn maze at Ridenour Acres. This year, Ridenour Acres has reported that weather has resulted in a larger-than-usual corn maze, meaning you can count on more fun than ever as you tackle this classic fall challenge.

Fright Night Downtown

Of course we couldn’t bring up fall in Fort Wayne without mentioning Fright Night Downtown. This year’s Fright Night will take place on October 19th and will be bigger, scarier, and more fun than ever before.

Moose Lake Fall Festival and Pumping Carving Day

On October 27, be sure to visit the Craft Village at Moose Lake for a unique fall festival and pumpkin carving event. A perfect chance to experience the fall colors at their peak in a beautiful environment, this event will feature great music, horse rides, traditional crafts and games, and of course pumping carving for the whole family.

If you need a new ride for bringing home pumpkins and other harvest goodies, come talk to us at BMW of Fort Wayne!

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?

BMW M2 Racer | BMW of Fort Wayne | Fort Wayne, IN

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

2020 BMW Alpina B7 | BMW of Fort Wayne | Fort Wayne, IN

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.