After more than a four-year hiatus away from the sport, BMW may be returning to Formula One. But before we get into that, let’s have a little history.
During the economic downturn of the late 2000s, Formula One lost half of its engine suppliers, with Honda leaving at the end of the 2008 season and BMW and Toyota following suit the year after. But things have changed since then: the economy is looking up again, and more importantly, Formula One itself is not the same.
For the 2014 season, the FIA’s new regulations called for big changes. The V8s have been downgraded to V6s, turbochargers are back, and fuel limits are more stringent than ever. It’s a completely new playing field—one in which some believe BMW could thrive given its notorious ability to create ultra-compact yet powerful engines.
And it seems the German automaker has been giving it at least some consideration: according to Giancarlo Minardi, founder of the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team, BMW’s marketing division is pushing for a return to F1, and BMW engineers have been spotted on several occasions at F1 test sessions and different grand prix.
What do you think? Should BMW make its big comeback? Let us know at Valley BMW!
When it comes to all-star automobile brands, it’s not just that BMW should make the team; it’s that BMW is the team. So it’s no surprise that BMW has now almost 20 different “All-Star awards” from Automobile Magazine—and all of those awards for the BMW 3 Series in particular. Technically, both the BMW 3 Series Sedan and the BMW 4 Series Coupe earned berths on the magazine’s list, but they counted as one entry on the ten-vehicle all-star team.
“The BMW 3 Series is a perennial Automobile Magazine All-Star award winner, with this being its eighteenth year on the list,” the magazine’s editors said. They went on to clear up the confusion concerning both the 3 Series and 4 Series sharing the award. “For 2014, the 3 Series name refers to four-door models, while coupe and convertible versions get the 4 Series badge. the 3 Series/4 Series sums up a lifetime of automotive hopes and dreams for generations of American automotive enthusiasts.”
All of the All-Star awards will be presented to the winners during the 2014 New York International Auto Show, which starts April 17th in the Big Apple. BMW will therefore bring the whole 3 Series/4Series lineup along, including the brand new 4 Series Gran Coupe, which has never been seen on the continent before. Check out the 3 Series/4 Series lineup at Valley BMW today!
BMW seems to be in the all the headlines recently and for all the right reasons. With an especially diverse lineup, including the new BMW 2 Series and BMW 4 Series, of excellent vehicles in the current 2014 inventory, BMW just recorded its best sales month ever. As in…ever. The brand, in all its illustrious history, has never had a better sales month than the one they just completed in March 2014, where they topped 200,000 units for the first time.
“This is the first time in the company’s history that over 200,000 vehicles were delivered to customers in a single month—March has rounded off a strong first quarter in 2014,” echoed Ian Robertson, member of the board of management for sales and marketing for BMW. “Despite continuing economic uncertainties, we are experiencing steady improvement in almost all regions.”
As far as we’re concerned, here at Valley BMW, we see no reason why this success won’t just continue to roll through the rest of the entire 2014 year. You’ll find an extensive lineup of sports cars, crossovers, and even electric vehicles here in our inventory. Plus, new recruits are coming soon, as Robertson hinted: “I’m sure the brand new BMW X4, which celebrated start-of-production in Plant Spartanburg at the end of March, will contribute to boosting growth still further when it comes onto the market from July.”
BMW is celebrating a successful race weekend after taking 2nd and 3rd place at the 2.5-hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Sebring International Raceway.
In the Grand Sport class, the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 took the second-highest step on the podium for the second time in a row, moving its drivers John Edwards and Trent Hindman into the championship lead.
In the Street Tuner class, Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss took the No. 56 Murillo Racing BMW 328i to the final step on the podium, finishing 3rd overall and 1st in their class. This marked their second consecutive win after their victory at the Daytona International Speedway, helping to further increase their lead in the championship.
Three other BMWs also crossed the finish line at the Sebring International Speedway, finishing sixth, seventh, and eighth.
The next CTSCC race will be take place at the famous Mazda Raceway in three weeks. Stay tuned to Valley BMW!
The online world of automotive industry experts and enthusiasts is buzzing today with news, commentary, and opinions about David Obendorfer’s new BMW concept, the CS Vintage Concept. But here’s the thing—Obendorfer doesn’t actually work for BMW. He has a website where he mixes together classic cars from the 60s and 70s with futuristic styling accents—and the results, including the CS Vintage Concept, are stunning.
As excited as people are about this new concept—which essentially builds off the current BMW 6 Series and combines that platform with the “timeless looks of the 1960s BMW E9 coupe and 2000 CS”—here at Valley BMW, we won’t be surprised if BMW reaches out to Obendorfer and makes the CS Vintage Concept an official ultimate driving machine vehicle very soon.
Obendorfer, speaking to Autoblog, explained why designing vintage concepts like this one is so interesting to him.
“Retro cars are not copies of their predecessors or renovated specimens, rather they are carefully studied reconsiderations, strongly rooted in contemporary style,” Obendorfer said.
He specifically chose the CS line for his concept because he feels that the grille and headlight design of those vehicles went a long way to defining current BMW styling—and that explains why his concept is so stunningly beautiful.
So what do you think? Should BMW get this guy’s number and get the CS Vintage Concept made? We say yes!
The BMW i3 and i8 are taking the electric world by storm.
If you’ve been keeping up with BMW’s development of the i8 hybrid sports car, it may interest you to know that the German automaker made a mistake concerning its mileage. The good kind of mistake, not the $395 million settlement kind.
The BMW i8 goes into production in June, and according to BMW, it was going to get the equivalent of 94 miles per gallon. That is, until it recently changed its estimate and bumped that estimate up to 112 eMPG. That’s on the European cycle, but still—it’s more than enough to get the attention of the folks who were hoping for a triple-digit fuel economy figure.
Taking that into consideration, it’s no surprise that the i8 has already been selling like hotcakes before it even launched. Or cupcakes. Or just cakes. Really, the i8 sells about as well as any kind of delicious pastry you can imagine.
Despite deliveries commencing in June, BMW has already confirmed that demand for the upcoming hybrid Ultimate Driving Machine has exceeded the initial supply batch. Looks like people really want to drive a 362-horsepower turbocharged BMW that does 112 miles to the gallon—who knew?
When it’s available, you’ll be able find it here at Valley BMW!
BMW is hot on the tail of Tesla Motors.
You’ve probably heard of the Tesla Model S. For the last few years, the popular (albeit expensive) electric car has made the front page of just about every publication in existence for its unique driving experience. Well, that’s when it’s not making headlines for catching on fire or claiming accolades to which it has no right, of course. Those thinking that Tesla has the luxury EV market on lock might want to start paying attention to BMW, because they’re looking to shake that perception right up.
According to Motley Fool, Tesla’s biggest competition will come from none other than the Ultimate Driving Machine-maker, BMW. The all-new i3 and i8 were built from the ground up, which is quite unlike the American automotive titans who don’t seem to build new electric vehicles quite as much as they jam battery packs into existing designs.
Like Tesla, BMW puts its battery packs into the floor of their vehicles. But more importantly, the i3—and especially the i8—just downright perform. Great performance is not easy to achieve in electric cars, which is typically seen as one of their chief downsides. The i8 not only matches the Model S’s 0-60 mph acceleration but outright beats it in top speed.
And let’s face it. They’re both gorgeous.
Learn more about the i8 plug-in hybrid and the i3 EV at Valley BMW.
We were all blown away by the newer and lighter BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe when they were revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, we know what those incredible engineering marvels will cost.
The M3 has a starting pricing of $62,000, and the M4 comes in at $64,200. Both have a $925 shipping fee.
There will be eight exterior colors available including Alpine White, Mineral Grey Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Sakhir Orange Metallic, and Silverstone Metallic, among others.
Both cars are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with direct-injection. This gives both cars 431 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque and vaults them to 62 mph in just 4.1 seconds. They have a top speed of 155 mph, but this can be increased to 173 mph with the available M driver’s package.
You can take a look at the full packages and options list on BMW Blog.
Sales for both of these cars will begin in May and here at Valley BMW we couldn’t be more excited. If you have any questions on ordering your new 2014 BMW M3 or M4, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
If your idea of entertainment involves fast-paced driving action, Hollywood stars, and high-quality cinematography, then you’ve got something in common with BMW. That’s why we here at Valley BMW are excited to hear the news that BMW Films is set to make a return some time in the near future.
Beginning in 2001, the German automaker released a series of videos that—by arriving about five years before YouTube even existed—can be ranked as some of the earliest viral videos of all time. Starring recognizable faces (Forrest Whitaker, Gary Oldman, Madonna) and lens by Academy Award nominated and winning directors (John Frankenheimer, John Woo, Wong Kar-wai), these eight short films redefined how automakers approach marketing their vehicles to their audience. Even in 2014, the eight original BMW Films shorts are largely unequaled for their excitement, inventiveness, and coolness.
And now, for the first time in over a decade, BMW is planning on releasing a new season. The latest installments in the series were merely announced at the 2014 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, but there were no further details offered other than that. No word yet on who will be featured in the new videos or what they’ll be about, but if history is any indicator, they’ll be high-octane thrill rides that show everything that BMWs are capable of when put to the test.
The original series featured Clive Owen as a mercenary who took on a variety of jobs behind the wheel of a BMW. If the new series is anything like it, we’ve no doubt it’ll be a hit. Stay tuned to Valley BMW
If you took a look at the new BMW 4 Series and thought, “Gee, I wish it they made one that was just a little bigger and had four doors so that I can shuttle my kids along with me,” BMW has heard your prayer and answered in kind with the 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe.
It won’t arrive at the Valley BMW dealership before the summer, but if the early specs are any indication (not to mention BMW’s penchant for making nothing short of the Ultimate Driving Machine) it’ll be worth the wait. The Gran Coupe combines the sleek appearance and sporty character of the regular 4 Series Coupe with the bonus functionality offered by a four-door setup and a larger, flexible luggage compartment. It’s also got a slightly longer roofline and taller silhouette to ensure that the rear-seat passengers have as much headroom and comfort as they need.
Despite the adjustments and modifications compared to the 4 Series Coupe, the 4 Series Gran Coupe manages to preserve that perfect expression of dynamics and elegance that is so characteristic of all BMW vehicles, aided by its smooth and precise curves, subtle light-catching edges, and head-turning contours.
See you at Valley BMW in a few months when the 4 Series Gran Coupe arrives! Or why wait: stop in now to test drive any one of our Ultimate Driving Machines and see for yourself why BMW is the king of luxury auto.