BMW Revises Models And Specs With New Upgrades
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BMW has announced a host of updates for its engines and technology not only for its regular passenger cars, but also for some serious pieces of M Sport kit. Most importantly, the M135i hot hatch and M235i Coupé and Convertible have been uprated. So much so that they actually needed new names, replacing the 35i with a more potent 40i suggesting a whole bunch more power. In fact, in transition to 40i, these M cars have only gained a measly 14 bhp and 50 Nm. That means a total of 335 bhp and 500 Nm from the 3.0-litre silky smooth straight-six. The M140i can get to 62 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds (with the sports automatic transmission), a whole 0.3 s quicker than the previous generation of M135i. The M240i Coupé shares the sprint time, but the M240i Convertible takes an extra 0.1 of a second. All are available with a 6-speed manual transmission which adds yet another 0.2 s to the sprint time, a factor that’s crucial for earning the owner his or her bragging rights. Although it’s not a figure that’s as important to any potential buyer, these mild performance cars can achieve MPG figures in the late 30s, or so they claim! Pricing for the M140i starts at £31,875. The M240i is available from £35,090 in Coupé form or £38,535 in Convertible form. BMW-Range-Update-1-Series-Coupe It’s not just the M135i models that have been uprated, though. Elsewhere in the range, the 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine found in the 20i, 25i and 28i has been given a bit of TLC. It’s only another 6-7 bhp in the books, but running costs have been reworked and even the 20i comes as standard with twin exhaust pipes. The 125i, previously available with a manual transmission, will come as standard with an 8-speed sports automatic transmission. The 28i engine that’s found in the 2 Series Coupé and Convertible gains the new title of 30i. Although we car guys are excited by performance models, it’s important that we don’t forget the inevitable future – hybrids. Already available since the beginning of this year from BMW are the 225xe Active Tourer, 330e Saloon and X5 xDrive40e.   The plug-in technology is also offered in BMW’s high networth luxury segment in the forms of the 740e and 740Le xDrive. A system output of 322 bhp isn’t too shabby, and with an electric-only range of 29 miles you could theoretically drive your 2-tonne super saloon in complete silence. CO2 emissions range from 49 to 56 g/km, with MPG figures reaching a claimed 134.5. Pricing will start at £68,330 and £74,880 respectively. BMW-Range-Update-2016 On the subject of the 7 Series, BMW used this car to introduce the latest-generation iDrive infotainment system, a class leader by far. Recently it was introduced to the likes of the 6 Series and X5, but now it’s trickling down the line to cars such as the entry-level 1 Series and popular 3 Series among others. It will feature better processing speeds, wireless charging capabilities and an additional USB socket. BMW-Range-Update-i-Drive Finally, onto the smaller details, but that’s not to say they’re less important. Some may argue that the following upgrades are crucial in defining a car, and in making it stand out against rivals. Features such as new leather with contrast stitching, or contrasting carpets, on the 3 Series and 4 Series M Sport. At £34,405, you can even buy your hybrid people carrier, the 225xe, in M Sport trim. Who said you can’t look good and be practical? Furthermore, some premium materials have been used on the higher-spec 3 Series, 4 Series and 7 Series. Sit in the back of an X5 or X6 and, if the owner has been generous, you may be greeted by a 9.2-inch display in the front seat’s headrest. Up until now, that is. The rear seat entertainment system now features a larger 10.2-inch display, improved display quality, BluRay functionality and an HDMI port. These two SUVs can also be had with the M Sport Plus package which features a Harman/Kardon surround sound setup, head-up display, speed limit display and 20-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels. This package can also be specified to the 5 Series Gran Turismo.  BMW-Range-Update-M1-Convertible
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