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NONTHABURI - MARCH 23: BMW i8 on display at The 37th Bangkok International Motor show on MARCH 23, 2016 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.

BMW i8 at Otto’s BMW near Glen Mills

We love the BMW i8. It looks cool and performs masterfully. It combines everything that we love about BMW into a single sports car that has an advanced electric engine that combines the best of traditional engine technology with electric engine technology and hybrid engine technology. It really is a think of beauty. There has been one complaint that has been expressed by people who love BMW models. The complaint is that the BMW i8 looks like a sports car, but doesn’t really sound like one. It doesn’t have the gentle rolling thunder associated with a sports car cruising down the highway. BMW heard this complaint and have made a correction.

“Besides the electric motor there is also a turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine, and together they produce 362 horsepower. The car is a plug-in hybrid and it puts its gas-drinking engine to good use. Unfortunately, the i8 just doesn’t sound like what you’d expect from a BMW flagship sports car,” ( Heinz Performance has created an exhaust system for the BMW i8. It features baffling that can be opened or closed so you can retain your silent motoring or you can open the system up and let your shapely coupe make a little bit of noise. Yes, it will be weird the first time a BMW i8 rumbles on by but it will also be kind of cool to see one that pairs sound with its sporty looks.

For more information on the new aftermarket exhaust systems available for the BMW i8 models, head to Otto’s BMW near Glen Mills. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of a BMW i8 today. Feel the spirit of the road, feel the adventure, drive the BMW i8.

Thoughts on the New BMW i3

MUNICH GERMANY - 4 AUGUST 2015: BMW i3 at the BMW Welt a customer experience and exhibition facility of the BMW AG Munich Germany

BMW i3 at Otto’s BMW near Downingtown

We really like the looks of the new BMW i3 at Otto’s BMW near Downingtown. It is a little more spacious and has a longer lasting battery. Today we want to talk about some of the changes that the BMW i3 has seen since the last model year.

“The cabin is a bit noisier than we expected when you approach highway speeds. It’s not loud, but you can hear the motor whine when you put the pedal to the floor, and you hear it well before you hit 100 kph. The fastest we went was 134 kmh, and everything felt stable – if louder – at that speed. We didn’t go that fast all that often – the drive route BMW planned out for us was noticeably lacking long highway stretches – and at normal speeds, whether driving over bumpy bricks or country roads, there were zero serious vibration issues in the cabin,” ( We did most of our driving in Comfort mode, which the car defaults to every time you turn it on. There was much discussion in the i3 engineering team’s meetings about whether this was the right approach, we learned, showing once again that BMW put a lot of thought into exactly how this vehicle operates. The balance between acceleration and range and speed and everything else was the product of many meetings. Think of it as a new definition of the “Ultimate Driving Machine.”

We are really impressed with the new range that the BMW i3 offers and we know that you will be too! Now is the time to get your order in for this great electric car. If you would like more information on the BMW i3, head to Otto’s BMW today. Their team would love to assist you!

Remembering the Past

Kazakhstan, Ust-Kamenogorsk, october 2, 2016: BMW 7 E32, old car, old german car in the street, old BMW, sedan

Used Cars at Otto’s BMW near Brookhaven

If you remember from last time, we started our look back at the different versions of the BMW M3 and BMW M4 models, today we want to continue that look back. If you read about a model that appeals to you, head to Otto’s BMW near Brookhaven and work with a member of their team to acquire the BMW model you desire.

“Yes, the E36 M3 (or BMW M3 GT to those of us who do not have the engines memorized) is the one considered by purists to have lost the magic of the original, yadda yadda… whatever. Yes, it might not have had the touring-car-stuffed-into-a-road-car-body feel of the first, but it was still a 300bhp car (and then more) capable of 155mph and many skids.”

The ‘standard’ M3s came in 3.0-litre and then 3.2-litre ‘Evo’ versions, but just before the Evo, a GT version appeared. It got an adjustable front splitter, new rear wing, aluminium doors, stiffer suspension, and a few engine tricks to raise the 3.0-litre straight-six’s power to 295bhp. Future classic? Quite possibly.

OK, so technically, the BMW M3 Touring counts as a special edition. It never saw production, granted, and only one ever existed, but it is ‘special’. It was built as a prototype by BMW to assess whether an E46 M3 estate was feasible.

It was, unsurprisingly, feasible, requiring little modification to the regular E46 M3 production line to accommodate it. It’s still not too late for this, could we see this in the future?

For more information on the different BMW M3 models available, head to Otto’s BMW. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would be more than happy to help you find a great M3.

M Series – The Legacy

SAINT-PETERSBURG RUSSIA - APRIL 5 2014: Engine compartment: motor m-power with attachments old-car BMW Bavarian automaker St. Petersburg Russia

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

Kiev, Ukraine - 23 April, 2016: BMW M3 M5 M6 on exhibition of old cars - OldCarLand 2016.

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

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 17, 2012: Bmw Z4 Sdrive 35Is Roadster Coupe Automobile On Stand In Bmw Museum  on June 17th , 2012 in Munich, Germany.

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!

Kiev Ukraine - March 05 2016: Pile of Apple iPhone 5s Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone 4 and Apple iPhone 3gs. Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs develops and sells consumer electronics.

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!