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M Series – The Legacy

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BMW M Series at Otto’s BMW near Aston

Lately we have been looking back at the different BMW M3 and BMW M4 models through the years. Today we want to continue this look at the legacy of the BMW M Series. For more information on the different M Series models at Otto’s BMW near Aston, stop by the dealership and talk with a member of their staff – they would love to assist you!

The 2001 BMW GTR was built to satisfy homologation rules so the racer could, race, the road car got a stiffer, sportier chassis setup, optimized aero, CFRP panels, and a lightweight interior. It also got 380bhp.

The E46 generation M3 was of course, the third generation to wear the M3 badge, and came as standard with a 3.2-litre engine producing 343bhp, and could sprint from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. All nice and lovely and stylish.

“But in 2003, BMW decided to resurrect the ‘CSL’ nameplate to make it nicer and lovelier. Yep, the E46 M3 CSL is one of the greats, with more power from that 3.2-litre straight-six (360bhp), and many lightweight body panels to strip the fat.”

The roof, centre console and door panels were all constructed using CFRP, it had a lighter, thinner rear window, and the air-con and stereo were junked.

As a result, BMW’s test runs at the Nürburgring returned a time of 7m 50s. All 1,383 CSLs were sold within a space of months. Find one, drive it once, and then store it for all time in a hermetically sealed box.

These are just a couple more of the great M3 models from through the years. For more information on any of the great BMW models, head to Otto’s BMW today. They would be more than happy to help you!

A Look Back at the BMW M3 and M4

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New Cars at Otto’s BMW near Coatesville

We love the BMW M3 and the M4, they are sporty and fun to drive. Today we want to take a look back through the years at these great models. You might find one that really stands out to you. If you do, head to Otto’s BMW near Coatesville and work with a member of their team to locate the model that you want from the year that you prefer!

We all know how great the first generation BMW M3 was. Is. To this day, it remains arguably the high water mark for the small sports saloon concept, though be warned: embarking on this as a conversational subject is guaranteed to win you exactly zero friends at the bar.

In ’88, though, BMW decided to make it even better, by upping the power of the 2.3-litre four-pot to 220bhp, adding larger wheels, thinner rear and side glass, a lighter bootlid, and new front and rear spoilers. Pointy. (It was the 80’s – things were more square shaped and pointy. We all remember the shoulder pads.)

“The 1990 M3 is the Daddy of the E30 M3 generation, featuring as it did a larger version of that four-cylinder engine, bored out from 2.3 to 2.5 litres, and producing 238bhp. Essentially, BMW turned the M3 into a road-going touring car.”

Then there’s the not-so-small matter of the adjustable front splitter and rear wing, along with a smaller fuel tank (for weight saving), and an overall suspension drop of 10mm.

Just 600 were made in total. And you will want one in any dream car collection you devise.

For more information on the BMW M3, head to Otto’s BMW today. You can also learn more about these classic models by following this series.

BMW Z4 Powertrain

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BMW Z4 at Otto’s BMW near Concordville

We often talk about the body stylings of the BMW Z4 at Otto’s BMW near Concordville. It is hard not to as it is so sleek and lovely to look at, but today we want to take a step in a different direction and talk about the different powertrains that are available on the Z4.

Powering the sDrive28i is BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of twist. The engine sits farther behind the front axle line than the six-cylinder it replaces, improving weight distribution and handling. Fuel economy increases to an impressive 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, and the car accelerates to 60 mpg from a standstill in the mid-five second range.

The more potent sDrive35i has a maximum output of 300 horsepower, while peak torque of 300 pound-feet is achieved throughout a broad rev range from 1,400 to 5,000 rpm. Weighing just 355 pounds, the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six owes its light weight to its composite magnesium/aluminum crankcase, cylinder head cover made of a special synthetic material and lightweight camshafts with aluminum VANOS control unit. The sDrive35i is rated at 19/26 mpg and the 17/24 with the manual and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox options, respectively.

For those who demand maximum power, the sDrive35is brings an uprated version of the turbo six with 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, which rises to 369 lb-ft for short periods thanks to an electronically-controlled overboost function. The sDrive35is returns 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. (This information was complied from and the BMW website.)

For more information on the different powertrain options available on the BMW Z4, stop by Otto’s BMW and work with a member of their staff. They would be more than happy to assist you in getting behind the wheel of one of these amazing vehicles.


CarPlay? Yes Please!

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New Cars at Otto’s BMW near Thorndale

A few months ago, we talked about how BMW was going to be integrating the CarPlay technologies into their models, well, as it turns out, they have started the process earlier than expected. Today we want to talk about how this technology is being integrated into the new BMW 5 Series model.

“BMW has recently unveiled the new 2017 5 Series saloon and with it, a whole host of technologies to improve the driving experience. Chief among them is the addition of Apple CarPlay, but the 5 Series is the very first car to deliver wireless CarPlay.”

Wireless functionality has been built into Apple’s in-car system since iOS 9, but car manufacturers haven’t installed it in their cars. To access the features at the moment, you need to plug your iPhone into the car’s USB port.

With the new 5 Series that will be a thing of the past, as your iPhone connects through BMW’s iDrive system and presents the familiar CarPlay interface on the car’s 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Everything is controlled via BMW’s iDrive Touch Controller, voice commands, gestures and by pressing on the touchscreen itself.

BMW’s infotainment system is capable of multi-tasking apps and services and also offers a split screen mode, which can be used with CarPlay, meaning for example, you can view car data on one side and Apple Maps on the other. To keep the car wire-free, you can also have a Qi-based wireless charger installed in the 5 Series, and BMW will also sell you an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 wireless charging case. Other technology highlights in the car include a head up display, assisted driving modes, adaptive cruise control and an optional Wi-Fi hotspot.

For more information on the the new BMW 5 Series, stop by Otto’s BMW near Thorndale!

The Heart of a Racer

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New Cars at Otto’s BMW Dealer near Thornton

We sometimes talk about the different drivers that BMW sponsors in the different racing circuits. Today we want to talk a little about the a driver and the incredible special series that BMW is making to celebrate their racing spirit.

“Twenty-six-year-old Marco Wittmann is pretty good at piloting a race car. He’s proven it by winning the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) driver’s title twice in the four years he’s been in the series, first in 2014 and again this year in even more convincing fashion. His weapon of choice has been the BMW M4 DTM, and now, its maker would like to celebrate his winning record the best way it knows how: with a limited-run BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition.”

Simply put, the is a hotted-up M4 GTS, which is already a performance panther, the Champion Edition is dressed in motorsport livery with an Alpine White backdrop and track-inspired stripes along the roof and rear deck, the beltline, and just above the rocker panels. The aero elements were also given a bit of extra flair with visible carbon fiber on the front splitter, front winglets on either side of the front bumper, mirror caps, side skirt pieces, rear diffuser, and the rear wing, creating a nice dark/light contrast. (This list of attributes comes, in part, from

The interior of this M4 features carbon M sport seats for both driver and passenger, wrapped in leather and microsuede, backed by a rollover bar in place of the rear seat. The tariff for this most racy M4 is about $163,350. Only 200 examples of the Champion Edition will be sold—unfortunately, none of them in the United States. We are so bummed that we will not be able to get this model in the U.S., but to get a different version of the M4, head to Otto’s BMW near Thornton.


New Concept Cars Makes Us Appreciate the Classics

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Used BMW at Otto’s BMW near Wallingford

We are so proud of the 100 year history of BMW. In celebration of that history, BMW is hosting a year long event in which they reveal new concept cars. Most of these vehicles are very futuristic looking but the technology inside has been realized and, we hope, we will be seeing it over the next few years. Today we want to talk about some of this technology.

These cars included not only the new BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, but also a new futuristic Rolls-Royce, Mini Cooper, and BMW. Each shows us that marque’s view of its place in a world where our vehicles are intelligent and drive themselves, which some see as an existential threat to companies, like BMW, that have made their reputations by focusing on driver engagement.

“The star of the show, which took place in the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger, was BMW’s new motorcycle, which combines previous models revealed in Munich, London, and Beijing. The concepts also build on ideas that BMW showed us at CES in January, notably the triangle-based UI for the BMW VISION NEXT 100, as well as the way its seats move and cant together when in self-driving mode.”

“Today we already have a heads-up display in most of our BMWs. It’s projected onto the windscreen, but you experience it like it’s augmented reality. But we’re working on technology that can improve the display area, making it larger, and eventually we envision that the whole windscreen will become a projection area,” he told Ars. An exact timeline is dependent on the company’s suppliers, but van Hooydonk thought that “within one to two vehicle generations the system will be ready for production.”

These Vision 100 cars are really impressive, but they make us think on the classic BMW models that you can get at Otto’s BMW near Wallingford.

The Future is Now!

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Used BMW Cars at Otto’s BMW near Unionville

Several months ago, we told you about the 100th anniversary of BMW and how they are releasing new futuristic vehicles throughout the year. Some may forget that BMW also makes some pretty impressive motorcycles in addition to their fantastic line of vehicles. We would like to remind you about that today. At their big display. BMW has recently revealed their new motorcycle, and it is making a big splash.

The motorcycle of the future is so smart that it could eliminate the need for protective gear, according to automaker BMW.

The Motorrad Vision Next 100 would have a self-balancing system that keeps the bike upright both in motion and when still. BMW touted the motorbike’s futuristic features, saying it would allow for riders of all skill levels to “enjoy the sensation of absolute freedom.” According to the automaker, the Motorrad wouldn’t require protective gear such as helmets and padded suits.

Another traditional feature was also missing from the concept: a control panel. Instead, helmet-less riders would wear a visor that acts as a smart display.

Information is exchanged between rider and bike largely via the smart visor,” BMW said in a statement. “This spans the rider’s entire field of view and provides not only wind protection but also relevant information, which it projects straight into the line of sight as and when it is needed.”

This futuristic motorcycle could very well be the direction in which all motorcycles will go. Just imagine a safer ride for motorcyclists! BMW has always been an innovator and we are so thrilled with what has been revealed so far this year and we cannot wait to see what else will be unveiled this year!

For more information on the different new and used BMW models at Otto’s BMW near Unionville, just stop by the dealership!

More Power!

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BMW 7 Series at Otto’s BMW near Glenmoore

There are a lot of things that make BMW the brand of the Ultimate Driving Machines. One area is that of horsepower. If there is something that Germans really know, it’s horsepower. Today we want to talk about how BMW has amplified up the horsepower on the BMW 7 Series.

“BMW has created an M7 in every way but the name itself, and it’s a reminder that battles are still being fought in the German horsepower wars. The BMW M760i xDrive aims to strike back against gains by Mercedes-Benz and it’s going to do it the old-fashioned way: a V12 with monstrous displacement, a turbo, another turbo, and a luxurious interior packed with plenty of tech.”

The M760i xDrive will use an all-aluminum 6,592cc V12 boosted by two TwinPower monoscroll turbochargers to produce 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The turbos will live just outside the two rows of cylinders and will deliver whoosh through two air-to-water intercoolers, which will be fed by an additional water pump. An eight-speed automatic transmission will send that power to all four wheels, which is a must if the sedan hopes to get any traction.

The automaker says that this recipe will be good for sprints from 0 to 62 mph of just 3.9 seconds, and a governed top speed of 155 mph. Launch control will provide an easy way to scare and/or impress passengers, ready to use via paddles.

Feel the need, the need for speed with the new BMW 7 Series! You really need to test drive this beefed up BMW 7 Series for yourself, and you can do that at Otto’s BMW near Glenmoore. Their friendly team would be more than happy to let you take a test drive of the 7 Series today!


BMW 6 Series Going Top End

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BMW 6 Series at Otto’s BMW near Parkesburg

There have been rumors circulating for months that BMW was going to be introducing the BMW 9 Series in the next few years. You might be wondering what this has to do with the BMW 6 Series, well, in order to make room for the BMW 9 Series, the BMW 6 Series is going to see some changes. Today we would like share with you some of the changes that might be coming for the 6 Series.

BMW will make the next 6 Series slightly smaller than the model that’s currently sitting in showrooms. The coupe will also lose about 500 pounds by switching to the modular CLAR platform found under the new 7 Series and the next 5 Series, and it will benefit from BMW’s expertise in lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum.
“BMW will play the tech card, according to Automobile Magazine. The company’s next big coupe will be available with an advanced rear-wheel steering system and a full air suspension, though both features will likely be found on the list of options,” ( Mechanically, the 6 Series will usher in a brand-new straight-six engine tuned to generate a V8-like 550 horsepower thanks to the use of four turbochargers, while the M6 will carry on with a twin-turbocharged V8 tuned to provide over 600 horsepower. Both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive variants will be available.

These are just a few of the supposed changes coming for the 6 Series, we will not know all of the changes for a few years yet. In the mean time, we will enjoy the current 6 Series.

For more information on the BMW 6 Series, or to purchase one for yourself, head to Otto’s BMW near Parkesburg. Their friendly staff would be more than happy to help you get behind the wheel of this dynamic car today!

The New Showroom is Open!

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Otto’s BMW near Media

If you have been following the remodel at Otto’s BMW near Media, then you know that it has been quite the undertaking. There have been workers remodeling and working at the dealership for months. All of their hard work is nearly done as the new showroom and service center are open as of the middle of this month! We could not be more thrilled for Otto’s BMW and their customers.

“What began as a distant dream is now a confirmed reality: after years of meticulous planning, we are delighted to announce that Otto’s BMW has officially begun the most comprehensive expansion and reorganization in our 47-year history. And now that the time has actually arrived, we can’t wait to get to the future! Almost immediately, bulldozers and backhoes will begin reshaping the landscape as the first step in our multi-phase makeover. This will be followed by extensive renovations, new construction, and an improved logistical flow in all aspects of our operation.”

Otto’s BMW is very excited at the prospect of serving their clients an even higher level of excellence and efficiency, and are committed to doing so while maintaining the distinctive personal touch that has always set them apart. After months of patience from their customers, it is finally time to reveal all of the changes to our clients. The French have an epigram for such a transformation: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Paraphrased slightly for our purposes, it means the more we change, the more we’ll stay the same.

Stop by Otto’s BMW and experience the new showroom for yourself. We know that you are going to love all of the great changes that they have made!