2017 BMW 5 Series Safety

2017 BMW 5 Series safety

The BMW 5 Series is one of the safest vehicles on the road, earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS awards this designation to vehicles that earn Good ratings in all crash test categories, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The BMW 5 Series earned top ratings in all these categories, including a coveted good rating for its headlights—a hard feat to achieve—and a superior rating for its front crash prevention system, which includes City Collision Mitigation and Extended Collision Mitigation.

That’s not all the BMW 5 Series has to offer in terms of safety. The 5 Series also comes with a range of standard and available safety features, including other driver assist features like Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and auto-leveling headlights. The 5 Series even comes with night vision to help you see in the dark. All of these features work to reduce your chance of colliding with other cars by improving your vision and helping you stay on track.

To find out more about BMW’s safety technologies, give us a call today at BMW of Bowling Green.

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Bowling Green Racing Venues

Bowling Green racing

If you drive a BMW, chances are it goes pretty fast—and what better way to let your BMW’s incredible power loose than by hitting a race track? There are a few racing venues here in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so if you’re a local resident, you live nearby, or you’re just visiting from out of town, stop by with your BMW to one of these tracks.

One of these great Bowling Green racing venues is NCM Motorsports Park, located on Grimes Road. At 3.2 miles long and with 24 corners, this track is one of the best in the country; it’s the perfect balance of fun and challenging. The Micheline TrackX program lets you drive your own car—or you can get the Xtreme Xperience and borrow a supercar for the ride.

There’s also the Beech Bend Raceway on Beech Bend Road, one of the oldest drag strips in the country. They hold drag racing on Sunday afternoons and Fun & Grudge racing on Tuesday and Saturday nights, so don’t miss it.

If you don’t drive a sports car but you can’t wait to get on one of these premier racetracks, we’d love to get you in a sporty BMW today. Call to schedule a test drive at BMW of Bowling Green, and we’ll help you find the right racer for you.

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The BMW 8 Series Is Back After 19 Long Years

BMW 8 Series Coupe

BMW 8 Series Coupe

 

We lost many things to the 1990s: butterfly clips, Full House, and the BMW 8 Series. Those clips are sometimes worn today (maybe ironically, we hope), and we eventually got a Full House reboot—thanks, Netflix. All that’s left is the return of the BMW 8 Series, which was discontinued in 1999.

Oh wait, that’s totally happening.

That’s right—you heard it from all of us at BMW of Bowling Green first. After a 19-year hiatus, the BMW 8 Series, which was once the brand’s flagship luxury coupe, will be returning as soon as next year.

The concept prototype for the resurrected 8 Series first appeared in May at Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. While this concept only serves as a general hint at what will actually come off production lines, it is still telling for the 8 Series’ future. Among the design aesthetics of the new BMW 8 Series are a more sculpted silhouette and crisp lines. The 8 Series’ companion model, the performance-oriented M8, also made its debut shortly after in Germany, sporting huge air intakes, a sports exhaust with four tailpipes, and modified brakes.

The new BMW 8 Series will replace the outgoing 6 Series coupe and is expected to give Mercedes a run for its money. Keep checking back with BMW of Bowling Green for updates.

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Grilling Tips for Your Summer Cookout

4th of July summer cookout grilling tips

Many Americans take to the road (some of them in brand new BMWs) for the summer weekends to spend time with friends and family. But many stay home, let everyone else come to them, and have a cookout. If you plan to spend one (or  more) of your summer weekends hosting your own cookout, but haven’t quite mastered the grill, here are a few grilling tips, courtesy of BMW of Bowling Green:

  • Don’t get premade burgers. Sure, it might be easier to feed large groups, but if you make your own burger patties, you’ll have better tasting meat and you can channel your inner Bob Belcher to truly whip up some unique burgers.
  • Get hot, hot, hot. Burgers cook with high heat—don’t be afraid to get your grill flame going strong. Of course, don’t overcook your burgers. Nobody wants to celebrate freedom by munching on a brick.
  • Don’t smash the burger. The movies might have you think that you should make your burger sizzle by flattening it with your spatula, but you’re really just draining all the juices when you do that.
  • Trust your cooking. Don’t rip into each burger to check how done it is. This is the easiest way to ruin a burger—you could accidentally crumble it, and you’ll easily lose some of the good juices.

You don’t just have to cook burgers, brats, and hot dogs on the grill either. Get inventive and try out veggies and more on the grill this summer.

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The BMW i3 Was Just Named 2017 World Urban Car

2017 World Urban Car BMW i3

Each year at the World Car Awards, vehicles from all over the world are honored for their innovative features and strides in technology. This year, a new category was added: 2017 World Urban Car. The first to be chosen for the prestigious honor was none other than the 2017 BMW i3.

The BMW i3 was no doubt aided by its standout feature: its unbeatable fuel economy, which gives it the ability to drive up to 114 miles on battery alone, saving untold amounts of money and lowering one’s impact on the environment. Its game-changing lithium ion battery gets an increased capacity of 50 percent without taking up more physical space.

Perhaps the feature that most greatly contributes to its “urban car” elite status is its compact size, which leads to top-notch maneuverability. Never will you struggle to fit into a tight parking spot behind the wheel of the BMW i3. In urban environments, this feature is nothing short of crucial.

If you’re looking for the dream car to cruise around the city, then the BMW i3 is for you. To learn more about the BMW i3 or to see what other cars BMW currently has in store, don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit us anytime, here at BMW of Bowling Green.

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The Mythical New BMW M8 May Hit The Road In Just A Couple Of Years

New BMW M8

The rumor mill is buzzing, and BMW fans like the sound. It seems as if the much-anticipated BMW M8 may just hit dealerships as early as 2019, according to BMW Blog, a trusted source of all things BMW.

BMW Blog believes that the new BMW M8 will be available in three different models: an M8 Coupe (F92), M8 Convertible (F91) and M8 Gran Coupe (F93), with the coupe joining the marketplace first in 2019 and the others soon to follow.

The source also claims that the model will be powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, just like the BMW M550i and the upcoming F90 M5 model, likely with the ability to get up to 600 horsepower. They also believe it’s safe to assume that the BMW M8 will be available with all-wheel-drive, making it a truly diverse model.

Of course, this is after years of speculation and whispers about the BMW M8 which was thought to be a myth for a seriously long time, until those whispers become words from BMW themselves in recent months.

To keep up with all the latest BMW hype, or to check out an already available, top-notch BMW model, give us a call or stop by anytime, here at BMW of Bowling Green.

 

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Eco-Friendly Car Tips

Eco-friendly Car Tips
Even without hybrid or electric cars, there are ways to be economical about driving. Whether you love the environment or you love saving money, you can do both with these eco-friendly car tips!

Regular Maintenance

If you keep up with regular car maintenance, you’ll be able to conserve gas on the road. You can improve your gas mileage by up to 4% with just a regular tune-up. Keep an eye on more serious problems like weak spark plugs because major problems can decrease your gas mileage by up to 40%.

Gentle Driving

If you practice less aggressive driving habits, you’re sure to save money on fuel. Try gradually braking and gradually accelerating at stoplights in order to burn less fuel. If you use cruise control as often as possible, you’ll also save gas money.

Cooling Habits

Know when to use your air conditioner and when to roll the windows down. For city driving, when you’re going slower, windows down will be the best option to conserve fuel. However, on the highway, windows down cause too much drag, so you’ll want to use air conditioning.

Tire Pressure

Remember, always check your tire pressure! If your tires are too low, they’ll cause more friction and resistance on the road, leading to more burning of gas.

If you need more tips, just ask us here at BMW of Bowling Green!

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BMW M2 Spotlight: Style, Technology, and Power

BMW M2 Spotlight
The all-new BMW M2 is sure to impress everyone. It was only revealed in October 2016, but since then has been turning heads and thrilling car-lovers everywhere.

Style

The M2 is a balance of everything enthusiasts love about BMW.  It has classic, simplistic styling and the rev of a BMW engine. It’s a small and sleek sports car with just two doors and proves that big things really do come in small packages with its 365-horsepower engine and quick-shifting seven-speed DCT transmission. Zero to sixty happens in just 4.1 seconds.

Technology

The M2 also boasts plenty of technology. You’ll have the option between multiple drive modes, like “Comfort,” a great combination of subtlety and power. It’s perfect for those days where you just want a calm coupe instead of a sports car. When you want to focus on performance and have fun on the road, “Sport” mode will be there for you.

Power

One additional thing to note about the M2 is that it’s not for the weak of heart. This vehicle is the ultimate performance car, giving you that aggressive thrill that you can only get behind the wheel of a true sports car.

If you want to check out what the BMW M2 has to offer, come down to BMW of Bowling Green today to take one for a spin.

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Road Trip Tips That Will Make Your Vacation Perfect

Road Trip Tips - BMW of Bowling Green BlogWhether you’re setting out on your road trip tomorrow or you aren’t going until July, it’s never too early or too late to implement some helpful hacks into your agenda to reduce your stress levels. Here are some of our favorite road trip tips.

First of all, you want to keep yourself and your passengers entertained on the drive, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Pre-load your mobile devices with apps, games, and videos—unless your car has a mobile hotspot, in which case you don’t have to worry about it.

Check out books for the kids and audiobooks for you to listen to on the drive from your local library. Another way to keep kids occupied is to get a map that will span your whole trip, laminate it, and have your kids follow along with marker so they can see your progress.

Keep your car clean and organized with easy food storage tricks, like keeping celery or pretzels in a half-empty jar of peanut butter, putting dry snacks in old coffee creamer bottles, and using a plastic cereal container as a small trashcan.

You should also download apps that will make your trip easier, like the SitOrSquat app that helps you find clean places to use the restroom and GasBuddy, which compares area gas prices and helps you find the cheapest ones.

These are just a few hacks to improve your road trip—find even more here. And if you’re looking for the perfect summer road trip car, stop by BMW of Bowling Green today!

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Introducing the New BMW 6 Series M Sport

new BMW 6 Series M Sport

The new BMW 6 Series M Sport is like this, but perhaps even cooler

The BMW 6 Series is a luxurious and impressive lineup unto itself. But a BMW fan will know that the brand likes its fair share of special editions. The latest example of this is the new BMW 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition, which builds off the existing M Sport package. The new M Sport Limited Edition is only available overseas.

The new 6 Series M Sport Limited Edition can be had in coupe, convertible, or four-door configuration. No matter which style calls to your taste, you’ll notice the Limited Edition in the Black and Fjord blue color scheme that distinguishes it, plus the Merino leather seats and floor mats.

The Limited Edition 6 Series M Sport cars will sit on two-toned, 20 inch wheels. The sleek, low-riding body of these BMWs gets a special blue paint job called Sonic Speed Blue metallic. The interior of these vehicles will have carbon fiber trim, and carbon fiber will be added to the mirror caps as well.

Prices are not yet available for the new Limited Edition 6 Series vehicles, nor has BMW released how many it will be making. Fortunately for us in the states, we have the M Sport package to enjoy, which is almost just as good. To learn more about BMW special edition series, call us at BMW of Bowling Green.

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