BMW laser lights explained

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The Laserlight system doesn’t project lasers onto the road. Instead, laser-created light is fired through a series of mirrors located within the headlamp assembly, which reflects and focuses the light into a lens.

The lens is filled with yellow phosphorus, a substance that reacts to intense light. Once the laser light is reflected into the lens, it interacts with the yellow phosphorous, which in turn creates a bright, highly intense white light.

Finally, this light is diffused to reduce its intensity and then reflected out of the front of the headlamp. The real benefit: The light is 10 times brighter than LED-created light.

Here’s another kicker: The system is highly efficient. BMW says that compared to traditional systems Laserlight is about 30 percent more efficient, and since the lights can create bright light in smaller housing, Laserlight enables designers to reduce the size of the housing and optimize design for aerodynamics.

Key Benefits of BMW Laserlight Headlamps

Laserlight headlamps, BMW says, are much brighter than traditional systems. That alone might be enough to convince you of this feature’s greatness, but there are plenty of other benefits. They include:

  • Greatly Improved Sight: In tests, BMW said the laser-powered headlamps cast a light nearly a half-mile down the road. Traditional systems are only capable of half that. Simply put, BMW Laserlight is a must-have for rural drivers.
  • GPS Enabled: Laserlight is built with GPS functionality, which enables the system to predict upcoming turns in the road. Laserlight can then help drivers to better see curves in the road.
  • Hands-Free Functionality: With Laserlight, there’s no need to turn off the lights when oncoming traffic is approaching. Instead, Laserlight uses a camera Selective Beam system that detects oncoming vehicles or those that are overtaking the BMW, and then, the beam is automatically dimmed to prevent blinding these vehicles.

 

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2019 X5: Everything you need to know

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  • 4.4L V8-cylinder (xDrive 50i)
    • 456 hp from 5250-6000 rpm
    • 479 lb-ft from 1500-4750 rpm
    • 0-60 in 4.6 seconds
    • Fundamentally upgraded from crankcase to engine management
    • Hot-V design
    • New ignition system for even smoother Auto Start Stop
  • 3.0L inline 6-cyilnder (xDrive 40i)
    • 335 hp from 5500-6500 rpm
    • 330 lb-ft from 1500-5200 rpm
    • 0-60 in 5.3 seconds

Transmission 

  • 8-speed Steptronic transmission
  • xDrive AWD
    • Full power can be directed to rear wheels only
    • Rear-biased set-up
    • Electronically controlled rear differential lock (available in Dynamic Handling Package and Off-Road Package)

Body

  • 1.6 inches longer wheelbase than F15 X5
  • 1.1 inches longer than F15 X5
  • 2.6 inches wider than F15 X5
  • 1.0 inch higher than F15 X5

Suspension

  • Double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle
  • Standard Dynamic Damper Control System with electronically controlled dampers with two performance settings
  • Optional Adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering
  • Optional Integral Active Steering (available as individual option) provides all wheel steering – turns the rear wheels in either the same direction as front wheels or the opposite direction – depending on vehicle speed

Air Suspension

  • Two-axle air suspension
  • Automatic self-leveling for each wheel/corner
  • Ride height lowers automatically by 0.8 inches in SPORT mode
  • Ride height can also be manually adjusted by ride height button
  • Vehicle can be raised up to 1.6 inches above standard setting
  • Button in cargo area activates loading mode which lowers vehicle by 1.6 inches
  • Last mode (height) selected will be remembered upon engine restart
  • Ride height can be adjusted with engine off

Off Road package

  • Available for xLine and M Sport models
  • Rugged underbody protection at the front and rear of the vehicle
  • Two-axle air suspension and electronically controlled rear differential lock
  • Special graphics in the instrument cluster and center display
  • Extra button on center console for selecting four driving modes (controls ride height, xDrive system, accelerator response, transmission control, DSC system’s corrective inputs in preparation for driving on a range of surfaces, such as sand, rock, gravel or snow)

Variants

  • xLine model: kidney grill bars finished in matte aluminum, underbody protection, roof rails and side window surrounds in satin aluminum, other accents in Pearl-effect Chrome
  • M Sport model: wheel arch trim, bumper trim, rear underbody protection and side skirts painted in body color, matte aluminum kidney grille bars, and roof rails and side window surrounds in high-gloss black. M sports steering wheel, M-specific pedals, driver’s footrest and piping on the seats, plus exclusive interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon.

Lighting

  • Adaptive LED headlights standard
  • Laserlights available as option, featuring blue X-shaped elements
  • All LED tail lights
  • Standard ambient lighting includes Welcome Light Carpet (illuminating entry area to vehicle when doors are unlocked/opened
  • Dynamic Interior Light emits pulsating light signals in pre-defined situations

Wheels

  • 19-inch light alloy wheels standard
  • 20-inch M light alloy wheels with twin-spoke design standard on M Sport
  • 21-inch and 22-inch wheels available as options

Tailgate / Seating

  • Two-section tailgate which can each be opened and closed via Comfort Access (if equipped)
  • Optional Luggage Compartment Package (available 12/2018) lowers cargo area cover electrically into load compartment floor
  • Optional third row seats (available 12/2018) features electric fore-and-aft adjustment. Control panel in the cargo area can be used to slide the second-row seats forwards or backwards and fold down the backrests of the second and third rows. The second-row seats can be tilted forward electrically to ease entry/exit into and out of the two third-row seats.

Interior

  • New Vernasca variant for the leather upholstery, available in five colors
  • Standard electrically adjustable and heated sports seats
  • Optional multifunction front seats with massage function and seat ventilation
  • Illuminated door sill plates specific to xLine and M Sport models
  • M Sport trim includes M sports steering wheel, M-specific pedals, driver’s footrest and piping on the seats, plus exclusive interior trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon
  • Four-zone air conditioning system
  • Panoramic glass roof with 30% larger see through area than F15 X5
  • Standard ambient lighting includes Welcome Light Carpet (illuminating entry area to vehicle when doors are unlocked/opened
  • Dynamic Interior Light emits pulsating light signals in pre-defined situations
  • Optional remote engine start and heated/cooled cup holders
  • Optional glass controls for transmission selector lever, iDrive controller, start/stop button, volume control button

Audio/Entertaiment 

  • Optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and 1,500 watt output (available from 12/2018)
  • Optional rear-seat entertainment Professional system features pair of 10.2 inch full-HD touchscreen displays, blu-ray DVD player, two USB ports, HDMI socket and two headphone jacks, control of entertainment functions, access to navigation map and ConnectedDrive services (available 12/2018)

Driver Assist

  • Standard Active Driving Assistant includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation (which now also alerts the driver if cyclists are detected) Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information

Active driver Assist Pro

  • Traffic Jam Assist with extended hands-off time (available 12/2018)
  • Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection
  • Automatic Lane Change feature can be used on highways when the Lane Keeping Assistant is active
  • Active Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go and Cross Traffic Alert Front

Emergency Stop Assist

  • Component of the Driving Assistant Professional package
  • Intended to be used in situations where the driver is suddenly incapacitated because of a medical emergency
  • By pulling the electric parking brake switch, vehicle will come to a standstill either in the current lane, at the edge of the road or on the hard shoulder. Hazard warning lights are activated and the Intelligent Emergency Call function automatically notifies the BMW Assist call center to alert emergency services

Other Tech 

  • Parking Assistant Plus
  • Back-up Assistant
  • Seventh generation iDrive Operating System
  • Remote Software Upgrade allows for software updates to be loaded over the air (OTA)

 

2019 BMW M2 Ordering guide

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Standard and Optional Equipment Changes

Standard Content Changes (2018 BMW M2 Coupe vs. 2019 BMW M2 Competition) Additional content:

– Extended Shadowline Content (Black Kidney Grille, Side Gill & Exhaust Finish) (7M9)

– BMW M Seat Belts (4GQ) – New BMW M Sport Seat (712)

– New 19″ Lightweight Forged Alloy Wheel (2QT)

– BMW M Sport Brakes

– Carbon Fiber Interior Trim (4MC)

– Park Distance Control Front & Rear (508)

– Active Driving Assistant

– Apple CarPlay (6CP)

 Packages: Executive Package

– Heated steering wheel

– Adaptive Full LED Headlights

– Automatic High Beams

– Wireless Charging

– WiFi Hotspot

– Speed Limit Info

Options:

-19″ M Forged lack Y-Spoke Wheels Style 288M with Mixed Performance Tires

– M-Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic

– Moonroof

– Black High-gloss Trim with Chrome Accent

– M Driver’s Package

Paint: – Alpine White – Black Sapphire Metallic – Long Beach Blue Metallic – Sunset Orange Metallic – Hockenheim Silver Metallic

Upholstery: – Black Dakota Leather with Blue Stitching – Black Dakota Leather with Orange Stitching

 

BMW introduces 617HP M5 Competiton

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  • Model specific tuned suspension and engine mounts.
  • TwinPower Turbo engine offers 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
  • 189 mph top speed with optional M Driver’s Package.
  • New standalone Competition model segment within the M brand.
  • MSRP of $110,995 including destination. Production beginning July 2018.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 8, 2018 …Today, BMW M GmbH unveiled the most powerful BMW M5 sedan ever. The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan raises the bar for performance, agility and precision within its class. With engine output increased to 617 hp, sharper responses and enhanced chassis tuning, the M5 Competition Sedan delivers a driving experience with motorsport undertones. The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan succeeds in blending performance, a superbly exclusive aura and an unruffled ease in everyday use.

A history of success: Competition, the ultimate in M performance.
The launch of the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan, along with the recently announced M2 Competition Coupe, marks the creation of a new product category within BMW M GmbH’s line-up, with the most powerful variants of its high-performance cars to be available in the future as standalone Competition models. This restructuring of the M portfolio has been prompted by the strong popularity of the various model-specific M Competition packages. M Competition packages were first offered for the predecessor to the current BMW M5 and are currently available for the BMW M4 Coupe, BMW M4 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan. Some 40 percent of all previous-generation BMW M5 models sold worldwide were equipped with the M Competition package. The line-up’s crowning glory came in the form of the BMW M5 Competition Edition, which was capped at just 200 units and boasted a power output of 600 hp along with an ultra-exclusive standard specification.

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Exclusive design features.
Light-alloy wheels specially developed for the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan play a part in its exceptional performance capabilities and add to the model’s exclusive looks. Other distinctive design features of the Competition include high-gloss black finishers on the door handles, mirror bases and mirror triangles, plus the exterior mirror caps and the mesh of the signature M gills in the front flanks. High-gloss Shadow Line trim is featured on the door window surrounds and B-pillar trim.

The kidney grille’s surrounds feature high-gloss black accenting as does the detailing for the rear bumper cover. This forms a color-coordinated composition with the tailpipes in black chrome. Both the rear spoiler and “M5” boot lid logo – which gains “Competition” lettering – are also finished in high-gloss black.

Moving inside the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition, black seat belts with a striped pattern in BMW M GmbH colors and floor mats with model-specific piping plus an “M5” logo provide the finishing touches. A distinctive “M Competition” graphic appears in the instrument cluster to greet the driver as vehicle is starting up.

Engine: more power and performance.
The emotion-packed driving experience that defines the new BMW M5 Competition stems from the unique performance characteristics of its engine. The high-revving power unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the standard BMW M5 has undergone meticulous retuning to optimise torque and power delivery.

The 4.4-liter V8 now generates 617 hp at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque stands at 553 lb-ft. between 1,800 and 5,860 rpm (a 160-rpm wider band than in the standard version of the new BMW M5). This means the linear power delivery for which M models have become synonymous for is sustained for even longer – into a rev band where the engine’s maximum output comes into play. The modified power delivery results in a faster 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of just 3.1 seconds, while the 124 mph mark is reached from a standing start in 10.8 seconds – 0.3 seconds quicker than in the standard version of the new BMW M5.

M Sport exhaust system develops an unmistakable sound.
The BMW M5’s 4.4L V8 engine’s technological wizardry includes a cross-bank exhaust manifold. Here, precisely directed exhaust gas flows ensure exceptionally quick turbocharger response along with an optimized gas-exchange cycle.

The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition comes with a model-specific M Sport exhaust system. This version of the flap-controlled, twin-pipe exhaust system produces an extremely distinctive sound with a sportier tone – especially when the engine is pushed hard and at high revs. The various engine modes, which can be selected at the push of a button, include changes to the sound emitted by the exhaust system. The acoustic profile activated by Sport Plus mode, for example, is even more purposeful in nature. The driver can vary the engine’s aural character using the M Sound Control button, enabling a quick switch to a far more understated sound. The M Sport exhaust system makes a great visual impression too, thanks to the black chrome embellishers of the tailpipe pairs nestled neatly into the left and right of the rear apron.

Specially designed engine mounts optimize responsiveness and cornering characteristics.
The new 2019 BMW M5 Competition features model-specific engine mounts, which have a noticeable impact on its performance abilities. The engine mounts have modified characteristics and feature an increased spring rate – from the 3,312 lbs/in. of the standard-spec new BMW M5 to 5,139 lbs/in. The drive unit’s firmer connection to the vehicle’s structure results in a more direct engine response resulting in a more immediate transfer of power to the drivetrain. The car turns into corners with noticeably greater directness and precision due to the mountings’ stiffer characteristics.

Power transfer via eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and M xDrive.
The task of transferring the new 2019 BMW M5 Competition’s engine power to the wheels is handled by the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, whose design and functionality have been carefully designed for extreme performance. Incredibly short shift times and swift, precise responses to every nudge of the accelerator ensure that the engine’s capabilities are instantly translated into action. Three different modes offering a choice of efficient, sporty or ultra-high performance driving can be activated using the Drivelogic rocker switch on the gear selector. Manual gear selections are possible with either theselector lever or the shift paddles on the steering wheel. A specially designed transmission oil cooler keeps the transmission operating within the desired temperature range, even when the car is being pushed to the limit on the track.

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BMW US Reports 4.2% Sales Increase For April 2018

Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 10.30.38 AMWoodcliff Lake, NJ – May 1, 2018… Sales of BMW Group vehicles in the U.S. increased 4.2 percent in April 2018 for a total of 27,213 vehicles (BMW and MINI brands combined), compared with 26,105 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date BMW Group sales in the U.S. are up 3.3 percent from the first four months of 2017.

“The evidence of spring is all around us but for a car company there’s no better sign than sales momentum as both BMW and MINI enter May with solid increases over a year ago,” said Bernhard Kuhnt, president and CEO, BMW of North America. “The BMW X models, especially X1, X3 and X5, continue to lead the way with our Sports Activity Vehicles accounting for 51% of April sales.”

BMW Brand Sales
Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 3.8 percent in April 2018 for a total of 23,482** compared to 22,624 vehicles sold in April 2017. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 3.2 percent on sales of 97,317 vehicles compared to 94,306 sold in the first four months of 2017.
BMW brand sales in April 2018 were led by BMW’s lineup of Sports Activity Vehicles up 28.9% in April and 6.3% year-to-date.

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