The i8: BMW’s New Supercar

bmw i8 autoscope The i8: BMWs New Supercar

The BMW i8 is a revolutionary vehicle that outperforms all the rest.

BMW has been making automobile history since the 1920s. The company is no stranger to innovation and calculated risk-taking, most of which has paid off. With that being said, the BMW i8 may represent the company’s biggest risk to date. The future has arrived and here’s a glimpse into what it looks like from the driver’s seat. Take one look forward and you won’t want to go back!

The BMW i8: A Lightweight Heavyweight

What exactly is so futuristic about the BMW i8? For starters: carbon fiber. In the vehicles most folks can afford, if carbon fiber is used in construction, it’s used in trim. The BWM i8, on the other hand, uses carbon fiber as the primary construction material.

Back to the Future’s Got Nothing on the i8

When its matching scissor doors are open, the i8 looks like the Batmobile about to go airborne. Beyond the hood is where the real magic lies. Front and back motors, dual transmissions, a cockpit lined with almost 220 pounds of lithium-ion batteries and push-button start are just a handful of the cool features of this electronic car. Once you start her up, you won’t even realize you’re ready to take off because you will hear just a slight hum that belies the BMW performance power you’ve just unleashed.

Depending on how aggressively you drive, the i8 will seamlessly transition to gas-electric mode after about 20 miles of battery power. Here’s where the genie is unleashed from the bottle. This baby can go from stopped to 60 in less than 5 seconds. Before you interrupt to point out other cars can hit that milestone in less than 4 seconds, here’s why the i8 is special. It gets 75 miles per gallon. With a flip of a switch, drivers can go from comfort mode, to iDrive to eco-normal sport.

Its $135,700 MSRP Is a Bargain

The BMW i8 possesses many of the same features as hybrids introduced by the likes of McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche. Cosmetically, the BMW looks far more futuristic — so much so that if you purchase one, don’t be surprised to be the subject of myriad cell phone snaps and the cause of gawker-related fender benders. Here’s the real news though: BMW’s supercar is priced a mind-blowing 90 percent less than the others. Whether you’re intrigued by the BMW i8’s futuristic exterior, eco-friendly drive or high-performance wow factor, know this: you’re intrigued for good reason.

If you own a BMW i8, you’re fortunate to drive one of the most unique and futuristic cars on the planet. Your car is a marvel of engineering and an example of truly outstanding BMW performance. When you need BMW service, diagnostics or maintenance, you need a facility that specializes in BMW and has the parts, equipment, computers and trained technicians to get the job done right the first time. If you’re located in the Dallas area, you need Autoscope Foreign Car Care. Contact us for an appointment.

BMW Ready to Research Self-Driving Cars

bmw to research self driving cars autoscope BMW Ready to Research Self Driving Cars

BMW performance will be applied to self-driving cars.

Imagine a world full of cars that drive themselves while their owners and “drivers” can sit back and read a book, surf the Internet or take a nap. It may be just a matter of time until fantasy becomes reality. A new partnership between BMW and Chinese company Baidu takes an already emerging concept to the next level. Baidu operates China’s largest search engine and provides tech service for cloud storage and maps. BMW is banking on this partnership and hopes it is the key to getting its automated car to market before competitors like Google do.

The Next Step in an Ongoing Process

BMW performance cars are world-renowned for their style, reliability and performance. The auto maker has been researching cars that combine BMW performance with next-generation automation. Already, automated BMW performance cars have been test driven extensively along Germany’s autobahns and more recently in China. The next level of testing for the prototype automated BMW performance cars will take place in densely populated Chinese urban areas. The cars will face unique challenges, including navigating multilevel highways.

Companies Anxious to See How Automated Cars Fare in Big Cities

The major metropolitan areas of Beijing and Shanghai will be the first critical, real-world tests of BMW’s self-driving car prototype. BMW, of course, engineered the test cars. Chinese company Baidu will provide the technical know-how to equip the cars with high-res maps. In a sense, Baidu’s maps function a bit like the “brains” of the automated car. They let the vehicle know whether it is still on the right track. Down the road as the technology improves, BMW’s goal is for its automated cars to store detailed maps of an entire company. That capability does not yet exist, which is why BMW needs partners like Baidu to equip the cars to download the required maps as they move.

BMW’s Self-Driving Car Faces Stiff Competition

BMW performance engineered automated cars have performed well to date, and they feature the added appeal of BMW’s iconic and classic styling. The BMW automated car is modeled after the manufacturer’s popular Series 2 coupe. So far in tests, it has accurately navigated toll plazas and tunnels that are so common in Europe. BMW first introduced its automated car at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014.

Not surprisingly, other car makers like Tesla and Toyota are racing to develop their own self-driving cars. However, BMW’s stiffest competition may come not from an auto maker but from an Internet company: Google. The tech giant has been busy with its own automated-car experiments and prototypes. It seems to not be a question of, “Will there be a self-driving car?” but rather, “When will the first self-driving car hit the roads?” BMW and Baidu hope that day comes when their prototypes go mainstream.

You definitely don’t own a driver-free BMW yet, but you might own another BMW. If you do, you possess a high-tech, high-performance vehicle. When it needs maintenance or repair, trust only a BMW performance shop. If you live in the Dallas area, contact us at Autoscope for an appointment.

Tips and Tricks for Easy Holiday Travel

tips and tricks for holiday travel autoscope Tips and Tricks for Easy Holiday Travel

Get BMW service before you leave to ensure safe travels.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and it’s time to consider your road trips to visit family and friends. Depending on the distance you will be travelling, you need to make sure you get the proper BMW service repair so you make it to your destination with less stress. Checking these aspects of your vehicle will allow you to get the BMW repair service you need to ensure you reach your destination safely.

Check Your Battery

Many drivers fail to think about their battery when it comes to BMW service. Before you head out on any long trip, check the battery terminals for corrosion. If you haven’t replaced your battery in several years, you may want to consider replacement to reduce the risk of a breakdown.

Examine the Belts

The engine’s drive belt is susceptible to fraying and cracking over time. This belt should be replaced every 60,000 miles, but it can sometimes wear out prior to this point. For this reason, it’s important to check it before you drive long distances so you can replace it if necessary. In most cases, you need a BMW service repair shop to help you replace this belt.

Inspect Your Tires

Depending on where in the country you will travel, you may encounter harsh winter road conditions. Therefore, it’s important to inspect your tires and make sure you have enough tread to handle whatever the weather throws your way. In addition to the tread, make sure there is no uneven wear and check for proper air pressure to maximize gas mileage and ensure your safety.

Check Fluid Levels

Perhaps one of the most important elements to check is all of your fluids. The radiator fluid is one of the most important because it keeps your engine cool and prevents overheating. However, this isn’t the only fluid you should monitor before you take any road trip. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid and oil should all be at appropriate levels before you head out.

Taking a road trip to see family and friends for the holiday can be an exciting experience. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the right BMW service and repair before you take to the road, you could find your car broken down, making it difficult to reach your destination safely and on time. Checking these factors will ensure your car is ready for the long trip. If you identify something that needs attention, it’s better to get BMW repair before you leave, rather than trying to find a repair shop that is open for the holidays.

If you need BMW service and repair before you take to the road this holiday season, contact us. Our Dallas, TX, repair shop can make your car safe for any road trip.

5 Questions to Ask Your BMW Repair Shop

5 things to ask repair shop autoscope1 5 Questions to Ask Your BMW Repair Shop

Find out what you should ask to ensure you find the right BMW repair shop.

If you own a BMW, you own one of the safest, most reliable and most coveted vehicles on the planet. Your BMW is more than a tool to get you from point A to point B. It is an investment and a source of pride and something you don’t want to entrust to just anyone. If your BMW is involved in an accident, do your homework before you select a BMW service and repair shop.

A smart first step in choosing a BMW repair service provider is to research repair shops online and to ask friends and family members for recommendations. Armed with this list, go a step further and interview shops before selecting one. Here are five critical questions to ask.

1: Do you have any specific expertise in repairing BMWs?

One thing that sets BMWs apart from other cars is they are packed with features other cars don’t have. The last thing you want is to entrust your car to a service center that isn’t familiar with BMW’s safety and high-tech features. Make sure the shop you choose has extensive experience specifically with BMW service and repair.

2: What qualifications do your technicians possess?

At the least, technicians working for the BMW repair shop you select should be I-Car and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified. Beyond that, they also should have BMW-specific training under their belts.

3. Does your shop have the equipment needed to repair aluminum?

Because aluminum is strong and lightweight, BMW is using more of it in the construction of its vehicles (especially its 5 and 6 series vehicles.) The lighter-weight a car is, the more fuel efficient it is. To repair your BMW, a shop must be equipped with tools that allow technicians to weld aluminum.

4. Will your shop use OEM or aftermarket parts on my BMW?

OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. If a BMW part is OEM, that means the part was manufactured by BMW. Aftermarket parts are made by third-party parts makers. These are parts that can be used on a BMW and also on various other types of cars. OEM parts are preferable to aftermarket parts because they are specific to your vehicle make and model.

5. Does this repair shop seem like it will value my business?

This last question is one to ask yourself, rather than your potential service center. Having your car in the shop is inconvenient enough. The last thing you need is to be forced to deal with unfriendly, unhelpful or disorganized service. Choose a repair shop you’re confident will be helpful and responsive.

No one looks forward to having to drop off their BMW at a repair shop. Accidents and issues do happen,  and regardless of how reliable your car is, needing a repair shop is inevitable. If you’re in or near Dallas, own a BMW and are looking for outstanding repair service and stellar customer service, contact us at Autoscope Foreign Car Care.

 

BMW Hires New Executive for High-Performance M Unit

bmw hired new exec m unit autoscope1 BMW Hires New Executive for High Performance M Unit

BMW M performance now has a new executive in charge.

German automaker BMW’s high-performance M unit has a new leader of in-house performance. Franciscus van Meel officially came aboard October 1, 2014, but will begin his new role in January of next year. BMW made the announcement on September 23. BMW began searching for a new M-unit leader after former BMW M performance head Friedrich Nitsche (59) announced plans to retire at the end of this year. Nitsche’s career at BMW spanned 36 years.

Audi’s Loss Is BMW’s Gain

Van Meel comes to BMW from another high-end German automaker – Audi. Until April 2014, he led that company’s Quattro unit for two years. The Quattro unit is responsible for the R8 supercar, which is built in Neckarsulm, Germany. Van Meel left Audi after the company’s chief of development Ulrich Hackenberg reassigned him to China. Although Audi has not publicly confirmed the rumors, many insiders speculate about why van Meel was reassigned. Media has reported the reasons included problems with a planned electric version of the R8 combined with delays in the next generation of the popular sports car. Another Audi exec defected to BMW in 2012. Peter Schwarzenbauer, former chief of sales, joined BMW after he was replaced at Audi by Luca de Meo.

Sales of BMW M Performance Vehicles Continue to Soar

In his new role, van Meel has some big shoes to fill. Under the leadership of his predecessor, Nitsche, the BMW M Performance Auto Unit shrunk the performance gap between standard BMWs and their priciest and most powerful M vehicles. Furthermore, since May of 2011 when Nitschke was named chair of BMW M gmbH, two new BMW M generations have been developed (the M3 and M4 models.) According to a BMW spokesperson, BWM M Performance sales continue to be recordbreaking. To meet demand, the company has scaled up production. In 2013, sales of BMW M vehicles surpassed 31,000, which correlates to a 16 percent increase in sales for the division.

BMW M: A Closer Look

BMW M is billed as a high-performance sports car that features a six-cylinder turbo engine, seven-speed dual clutch transmission and is extremely light weight. Weighing less than 1,500 kg, M autos boast maximum fuel efficiency and speed potential. Those fortunate enough to own a BMW M vehicle, whether it’s a convertible, sedan or coupe, are well advised to align themselves with a BMW performance shop qualified to work on these high-performance, high-tech machines.

If you own a BMW M or any other BMW, you own a piece of well-crafted machinery. When you need to bring your vehicle in for repair, diagnostics or maintenance, trust only a facility that specializes in BMW. At Autoscope Foreign Car Care, we use only BMW performance parts, and our technicians are highly trained and familiar with the BMW lineup. If you’re located in or near Dallas, contact us the next time you need skilled BMW service.