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The workers at the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina are busy preparing for the release of the new production X7 model late at the end of the year. Pre-production models are being assembled at the plant right now so the vehicle can undergo a series of comprehensive tests before the final version is released for public consumption. “We are proud to produce the BMW X7 here in Spartanburg, home of our X models,” said Knudt Flor, head of the Spartanburg plant. “This is a very special vehicle and our employees are looking forward to yet a further member of the X family. Together with the BMW X7, a total of five BMW X models will be exported from Spartanburg to all corners of the globe.” Stay in touch with Chapman BMW on Camelback for more information on when the first X7 will arrive on the showroom floor.

Keeping X7 Under Wraps

As common in the auto industry with the release of a new vehicle, BMW is keeping the facts about the new X7 very hush hush. The pre-production models will be cloaked in a camouflage wrap with specifically-designed stripes to help conceal the look of the latest in the Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) lineup. The BMW X7 is produced on the same production line as the X5 and X6, with a team especially trained for the production protocol of a brand new vehicle. The Spartanburg plant is the largest BMW manufacturing facility in the world, having produced 411,000 units in 2016 and employing about 9,000 people. An additional thousand jobs are expected to be added to the plant by 2021.

A Palatial SAV for Those Who Crave Luxury

The BMW X7 will be the largest vehicle in the X lineup, with an innovative design and presence that inspires both the owners and those who hope to someday be in the driver’s seat. With an immense amount of interior room and luxury appointments fitting of a premium SAV, the X7 is ready to make a grand entrance later this year and dominate the full-size premium SAV market. Even though the X7 is on the larger side of the SAV scale, it has the handling and athleticism you’d expect from a company that produces Ultimate Driving Machines. The narrow rear end and flowing lines create an illusion of forward movement even when you’re stopped for gas. The iconic BMW kidney grille reminds everyone that this is a premium vehicle for sophisticated drivers. Step inside the cabin and you’ll be amazed by the visibility provided by the panoramic windows even as the leather seats swaddle you like a child in its mother’s arms. Prepare yourself for the next great thing in the SAV market when the new BMW X7 comes to Chapman BMW on Camelback later this year.

It has only been a year since BMW unveiled the X2 concept vehicle at last season’s Detroit Auto Show, but the production model is ready to make its debut in the annual event at the Motor City starting January 15. The BMW X2 is the newest member of the BMW X-Series family, delivering a low-slung profile that adds a distinct choice for people looking for a unique Sports Activity Coupe (SAC.) Powered by the 2.0L TwinPower Turbo engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the new X2 goes from 0-60 mph in a startling 6.3 seconds. It will be coming to Chapman BMW on Camelback in the spring of 2018.

Modernism Meets Functionality

“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” according to BMW VP of Design, Adrian van Hooydonk. “Its standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.” With the poise of an athlete ready to compete, the newest member of the BMW X-Series is as stunning sitting still as it is powering through curves. The bold styling stands out from the crowd and makes a distinct impression whether you’re stopped for gas or leaving someone in your rear-view mirror. If there’s such a thing as a “fresh” feeling from a vehicle, the BMW X2 definitely has it. With a unique set of proportions that emphasize both the robustness of the X lineup along with the sportiness of a track-hugging race car, the BMW X2 expresses both your wild child and grown-up selves. Even though it’s a bit shorter and lower than the X1, it has the same wheelbase, giving it a more athletic look. “The BMW X2 fuses the fast-moving forms of a coupe with the robust volumes of an X model,” said Thomas Sycha, BMW compact design chief. “It was important to us to make these apparently conflicting aspects of the BMW X2 and the car’s individual character something you experience from every angle and at first glance.”

xDrive Ensures Complete Control

The BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system helps you keep control of your new X2 in all types of weather and road conditions. Along with directional stability and enhanced cornering dynamics, the xDrive system also includes Hill Descent Control, keeping you in charge when you descend steep incline. The Dynamic Stability Control system continually analyzes the road conditions and the way you are driving to provide traction and adjust the suspension for premium handling. Although all the vehicles in the BMW X-Series lineup deliver phenomenal handling and supreme sophistication, the new X2 delivers a different look and feel for people looking for something special. See the new X2 later in the spring when it comes to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW Sets Price for All-new M5

When the brand-new BMW M5 arrives on the showroom floor at Chapman BMW on Camelback next spring, it will be the most technologically advanced vehicle in the BMW M-Series lineup to date. With an increased output of 40 horsepower on the 4.4L V8 and the ability for the first time to switch from two- to four-wheel drive on the fly, the new M5 offers explosive performance and unparalleled control. A brand new 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission will make the most of the 553 pound-feet of torque, launching off the line and squeezing the most out of every engine power range, completing the run from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. As you might expect, that technology comes with a price. That number is fixed at $102,600 plus destination and handling.

Engine Receives Thorough Overhaul

When it comes to issuing a new version of any vehicle in the BMW M-Series, the engineers start with the power plant and work their way out. The 4.4L V8 engine with M TwinPower turbochargers has been the mainstay of the M5 performance sedan, so there was no need to reinvent the wheel, or in this case, the engine. Instead BMW engineers have implemented a number of enhancements to increase boost and injection pressure, and ultimately, horsepower and torque. New twin-scroll turbos were the key behind these improvements, providing shorter injection periods and improving the atomization of the fuel. Lubrication and cooling system units were also improved, keeping the engine running under optimal temperatures and moving freely. New cross-bank exhaust manifolds improve the energy flow from the exhaust to the turbines of the turbo chargers.

New M xDrive Provides Ultimate Handling

The new m xDrive system not only provides a smart all-wheel drive system that puts the drive emphasis on the rear wheels until they start to lose control, but the new version also lets the driver switch to all two-wheel drive mode. This not only improves fuel efficiency, but also gives the driver the option to perform a few drifts if he or she happens to run across an empty parking lot that’s begging for a little abuse. The M xDrive works with the Dynamic Stability Control system to help you maintain your vehicle’s stance when powering through corners or battling tough road conditions. A new dynamic chassis was developed on the M team’s racing circuit in the south of France, delivering agile and precise handling in all conditions.

Driver is in Charge of the Cockpit

The cockpit of the newest entry into the BMW M-Series is geared toward the drier, with all controls in easy ergonomic reach. As you might expect in a vehicle with this price tag, BMW has not skimped on the creature comforts and luxurious accommodations. Extended Merino leather is standard in the M5, as are heated and adjustable seats for both the driver and front passenger. The new BMW M5 is truly a marvel of modern engineering. See it next spring at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW has committed to offer 25 electrified vehicles by the year 2025, with at least a dozen of those all-electric. As a step toward fulfilling that commitment, the company will exhibit five new electric vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The showcase will feature the first exhibit in North America of the BMW i Vision Dynamics, i3s and the Mini Electric Concept. The LA Auto Show will also feature the world premiere of the BMW M3 CS, as well as the first North American showing of the both the BMW X7 SAV Concept and the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo. If you can’t make it to the LA Auto Show, stay in touch with Chapman BMW on Camelback to see when these vehicles will make their first appearance in Phoenix.

i Vision Dynamics Emission-free Sports Coupe

You just need to take one look at the BMW i Vision Dynamics to know that you’re in the presence of something special. This all-electric vehicle is not your run-of-the-mill emission-free car. With the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds flat, the i Vision Dynamics can hit a top speed of 120 mph with an all-electric range of 373 miles. That solves the two most common objections to an electric vehicle: not enough power and not enough range. The stunning design of the i Vision Dynamics proves that BMW can create an electric vehicle that both performs and turns heads whether its on the move or standing still.

i3s Provides More Power Than Standard i3

The BMW i3 hybrid has been a very popular commuter vehicle that’s both fun to drive and energy efficient. But, as they say, a good thing can always be made better. The new i3s provides more power and acceleration, taking just 6.8 seconds to hit 60 mph from a dead stop. The little i3s is still able to maneuver easily through city traffic, but has a top speed of 100 mph for those times you find a long, lonesome road. The i3s will be coming soon to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Carbon Fiber Key Behind M3 CS Efficiency

When BMW takes the wraps off the M3 CS at the Los Angeles Auto Show, attendees will see a vehicle that utilizes an extensive amount of carbon fiber to reduce weight and improve efficiency. The M3 CS is more than 100 pounds lighter than the traditional M3, an amount drivers will notice in acceleration and handling. Utilizing the TwinTurbo inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 453 horsepower, the M3 CS goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 174 mph. You’ll be able to order the M3 CS in the spring from Chapman BMW on Camelback.





M3 CS Special Edition Coming Next Year

With the extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) lightening the weight by 110 pounds over the standard BMW M3, the new M3 CS will offer more speed, better handling and a lower center of gravity than its M counterparts when it becomes available for sale at Chapman BMW on Camelback next year. The BMW M3 CS is limited to just 1,200 units worldwide, with only 550 vehicles for sale in the United States. Be the first in line next May when the company starts taking orders if you want a chance to own one of these special vehicles.

M Stands for Motorsports

The “M” in the name of the BMW M3 CS stands for Motorsports, the BMW division devoted to transferring all of the knowledge gleaned from years on the European racing circuit to cars available for everyday driving. The new M3 CS is a shining example of the use of this knowledge, with features such as electromechanical steering, stability control and a 7-speed double-clutch transmission with shifting paddles mounted on the steering wheel. An Active M Differential electronically controls the traction, providing grip to the wheel that needs it the most. It also communicates with the stability control system to allow the maximum amount of torque delivery to the rear wheels to maintain control, while still allowing enough slip for you to execute some drifts. It’s this type of performance combined with the luxury and sophistication of a BMW that driving enthusiasts thoroughly enjoy.

Inline 6-cylinder Gets Power Boost

While engineers cut weight from the new BMW M3 CS, they also boosted the power in the popular inline 6-cylinder engine by 28 horsepower. The M3 CS also gets a 10 percent torque boost to 443 pound-feet, creating a smile-inducing, back-crunching thrill ride the moment you tromp on the accelerator. The standard four-tailpipe exit at the rear creates low back pressure, enhancing power and delivering that characteristic rumble that only comes in an M-Series vehicle.

Dynamic Look Cut from Muscular Cloth

No matter from which angle you view the new BMW M3 CS, the look is the muscular, athletic design of an unmistakable premium sports car. Twin-LED headlight pairings provide nice bookends to the familiar kidney grille. The front apron features a large air intake that’s spectacular as well as technically necessary. It provides the air to cool both the engine and the oversized brakes. Strong lines continue to the back where the rear diffuser adds an exclamation point of style to the vehicle and makes for a nice view for any competitors who dare challenge the M3’s supremacy. Remember the M3 CS is an extremely limited version. Stay in touch often with Chapman BMW on Camelback so you can be one of the lucky ones to place an order next May.