We’re big fans of the redesigned BMW 3 Series at BMW of Little Rock. Unsurprisingly, it seems that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is, too. The IIHS recently named the all-new 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick,” marking yet another reason for drivers to check out what all the fuss is about.
The “Top Safety Pick” designation indicates that a model has received the highest rating of “Good” in four tests—frontal offset impact, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection/head restraint—and is equipped with an electronic stability control system. BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control is an outstanding example of this technology in action.
BMW’s commitment to safety has been strong since the beginning, as the recent IIHS ranking shows. We are proud to announce BMW’s latest honor, and we invite you to come experience the 3 Series Sedan at BMW of Little Rock for yourself.
Road and Track Chooses BMW 328i Over Mercedes-Benz c250 In Comparison
Want to know why Road and Track picked the BMW 328i sedan over the Mercedes-Benz c250 in its Squeeze Play comparison test? Watch the video above to find out!
“Sometimes you get your answer within the arc of a single corner,” the automotive magazine wrote. “On turn-in, the 328i’s wheel writhes as a direct conduit to the tread blocks, the chassis takes a set like Djokivic anticipating the return of serve, and the gearbox intuitively drops two cogs for a meat-of-the-powerband corner exit. It’s a fantastically precise and—with the exception of some subtle brake tugging from the Dynamic Traction Control—pure experience, but we’d expect nothing less from the automaker that cut its teeth building some of the world’s best sports sedans.”
Want to test-drive the BMW 328i? Come visit us at BMW of Little Rock and take one for a spin!
Better performance, new design, and improved efficiency on the way
The BMW-ALPINA partnership has spanned over 40 years and is responsible for some of the most amazing innovations on the racetrack and on the road, including the BMW ALPINA B7. Now, BMW of Little Rock is thrilled to announce that the BMW-ALPINA partnership is coming together once again to add a few crucial updates to the B7 for the 2013 model year.
The ALPINA B7, which is the performance version of BMW’s 7 Series sedan, starts off the 2013 model with a new start/stop engine that has been given an extra 40 horsepower for a total of 540 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque (an increase of 22). You can put that power to the test with a top-speed of 194 mph, and an acceleration speed that ranges from 4.3 to 4.4 seconds.
With the increase in power comes the increased need of cooling air to manage the output. Never one to shirk duty, BMW and ALPINA have added more than 30 various new parts to each trim level to improve the frontal design, aerodynamic performance, and cooling air needed to handle such power. Besides these parts, the B7 also will feature new kidney grilles on the front, updated Xenon Adaptive headlamps and LED front fog lights, and ceramic secondary controls. Other options include a Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound System, and new exterior colors and various upholstery choices that run in line with the updated 7 Series.
The B7 will come in Standard Wheelbase, Long Wheelbase, sDrive, and xDrive. BMW plans to premiere the ALPINA B7 at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California in August. Shortly thereafter, it can be expected for the B7 to go on limited-production run, starting at around $127,600 for the short wheelbase and topping off at around $134,500 for the longer wheelbase.
We hope you are as excited about the second generation B7 as we are! Stay tuned to future BMW of Little Rock newsletters for more updates on the stylish and luxurious BMW-ALPINA partnership.
2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the BMW 5 series, which has become one of the world’s most successful car brands. Now in its sixth generation, the BMW 5 series is available both as a sedan (a practical four-door model) and a tourer (with rear suspension, larger interior, and more luxurious styling). The 2012 BMW 5 Series incorporates styling elements from earlier generations as part of its classic, luxurious design, retaining the body shape first introduced in 2010 and continuing to exceed expectations across the board when it comes to quality and reliability.
Cutting-Edge Engines Yield Impressive Power
The 5 series Sedan is available as a 528i, 535i, or 550i, with or without BMW’s xDrive, all-wheel drive system. The 528i is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, which can deliver 240 horsepower and still reach 32 miles per gallon on the highway, thanks to the twin-turbo power-train. The 535i has more power under the hood, with a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine that can reach 300 horsepower, with striking acceleration and power. For the truly power-hungry, the 550i’s monstrous 4.4-liter, V8 turbo engine offers incredible acceleration and thrust, with 400 horsepower. The 535i and 550i are also available as touring models, sharing the same engine capabilities as their sedan cousins.
An eight-speed sport automatic transmission is available across the range as either standard equipment or an option, depending on the trim. This finely tuned system offers responsive, quick, and comfortable gear changes via your choice of an automatic gear lever or, for manual enthusiasts, gearshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The designers have ensured that the close spacing of the gears optimizes the speed with which you can accelerate, while contributing towards overall efficiency and comfort. Intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive is an option across all engine sizes, further enhancing the safety and performance of your drive.
The handling across the entire 5 Series range is astonishingly taut. The manufacturer’s description of the variable-ratio power steering throws in as many impressive variables as you can imagine, with dynamic stability control, brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, and dynamic traction control all contributing to an effortless and utterly responsive driving experience.
Luxury Comes Standard
When it comes to the comfort of the interior, expect luxury as standard across the 5 series range, from the leather upholstery and dark wood trim to the sleek, understated dashboard and four-zone automatic climate control. The front seats on the 550i sedan can be adjusted in no fewer than 18 different ways, with a 4-way lumbar support and memory on both the driver and front passenger seats to maintain absolute comfort. All models boast BMW’s keyless entry and ignition and are stuffed with a seemingly endless range of gadgets and tools to make driving easier, from the iDrive entertainment system, which features a 10.25-inch, high-resolution display with intuitive controls for accessing radio, CD, telephone, and navigational features to the 2-way power moonroof that lets the sun or the stars into your driving experience.
There are extensive passive and active safety features throughout the 5-Series range, with a host of airbags offering comprehensive protection to the occupants of the vehicle. BMW’s Assist Safety Plan is included for four years as standard, offering an enhanced level of support in the event that you are involved in an accident or suffer mechanical problems. Active head restraints protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash, and there is even a crash sensor, which will unlock the car and disengage the fuel pump in the event that a collision is detected.
The comprehensive range of 5-Series models offers a broad range of different vehicles, intended to cater to varying driver tastes. The 528i sedan starts from $46,700 ($49,000 with all-wheel drive), rising to $52,250 for the 535i ($54,550 xDrive). The top-of-the-range 550i starts from $61,700, rising to $64,000 with xDrive all-wheel drive. The Gran Turismo starts from $56,800 for the 535i rising to $68,100 for the top-of-the-line xDrive 550i Gran Turismo. Regardless of the model you choose, however, what you can expect from any BMW 5 Series is a car that offers the very highest standards.
Drivers of great cars deserve great audio. The right sound system can take the edge off rush hour traffic and give comfort during a long road trip. When you’re ensconced in the driver’s seat, a vehicle can transform into a refined concert hall or a raucous arena when the right buttons are pushed. Thrilling, reverberating, life-like audio is a fantasy for some drivers right now, but it can become reality with the right audio-system upgrade.
Your Home Away From Home
When you rolled your car off the dealer’s lot, you sat inside a major investment that would tie up both your money and your time for many years to come. Whether commuting to work or going shopping, most people spend a long time in their car every day, so why not improve the experience?
At first, upgrading the sound system in your vehicle might seem difficult, but by tackling an upgrade appropriate for your skill level or by getting help from your dealer’s service team, you can have the car audio system you deserve.
Add Auxiliary Input
If the problem with your sound system is the quality of its entertainment options, not the quality of its sonic vibes, the upgrade you need may be one of the easiest and most affordable of all the upgrade options. If your vehicle’s audio system has an auxiliary jack, you can expand your listening options by connecting an external MP3 player, satellite radio receiver or other audio device to it.
To do this upgrade, all you need is an auxiliary input cable. If you have trouble finding a cable that fits, contact your dealer’s parts counter. Plug one end of the cable into the car’s AUX jack and the other into the headphone jack of the audio device, set your controls to select AUX for your input, and you’re done.
Replacing your car’s speakers is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade its sound system. The installation process may be simple for people with mechanical and electrical aptitude, but most drivers will want to let their dealer’s service staff handle it.
Most dealers have a variety of speaker systems available that are designed especially for your car. By choosing one of their products, you ensure that your new speakers will properly fit in your car. You don’t have to worry about messy wiring jobs and wiring harnesses because professional technicians who know your car will be able to install speakers the right way.
Some speaker systems require upgrades to your vehicle’s electrical system, especially when they involve high-power amplifiers, crossover networks and subwoofers. Trust your dealer’s technicians to make sure your car can support the demands of your new system.
Replace the Head Unit
A head unit upgrade replaces your car’s tired old radio and replaces it with a modern entertainment center. Your local dealership usually has options that range from low-cost units with basic features to high-end units with computerized controls, touch screen displays, Bluetooth®, navigation, and/or rear-view camera connections. Check with your dealer to find out about the choices available for your car.
Get it Done Now
Your local dealer has premium vehicle audio system upgrades available that are designed especially for your car. Professional installation by dealer technicians makes upgrading your vehicle’s audio painless and risk-free.
While the Scots may have invented the game of golf, Americans have perfected the golf resort. Phenomenal picturesque settings, championship layouts designed by the world’s great architects, and plush amenities are staples of the best golf resorts in the United States.
Here are golf resorts that are universally celebrated by major golf publications as among America’s best:
An AAA Five Diamond Resort Hotel, the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin exudes Midwestern opulence at every turn. The exceptional golf menu includes four championship golf courses designed by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye. Most notable among the layouts are Whistling Straits, which evokes a distinctly Irish feel with its rugged coastline setting, and Blackwolf Run, a layout that runs through a river basin. Both courses have hosted major national championship tournaments. After a long day on the course, the resort’s Kohler Waters Spa is a welcome reprieve that offers a long list of soothing treatments.
Set along rugged cliffs on the Oregon Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes offers a phenomenal seaside golf experience with four exceptional golf courses. The Bandon Dunes Course designed by David McLay Kidd is perched on a bluff more than 100 feet above the ocean. Bandon Trails, celebrated for it undulating dunes and towering pines, is a Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore design. Pacific Dunes, designed by Tom Doak, has all the elements of Scottish links land golf including natural grassy waste areas and uneven fairways. The newest course, which debuted in 2010, is a Tom Doak and Jim Urbina design located on oceanfront terrain.
A legendary resort built in 1898 in the North Carolina sandhills, Pinehurst Resort has 8 golf courses on its 2,000-acre property. Host to numerous national championship professional and amateur tournaments, the resort offers superb golf, accommodations in a variety of settings, and a European-style spa. Its headliner course is No. 2, a Donald Ross designed masterpiece that will host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on consecutive weeks in June 2014. Amenities include Pinehurst shopping village, tennis complex, croquet lawn, carriage rides, fitness center, afternoon tea, boat rentals, and equestrian facilities.
Situated near Charleston, South Carolina, on a barrier island, this resort has five award-winning golf courses and a variety of accommodations and recreation activities. The most notable layout is the Ocean Course, a spectacular test of skill that has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere. In 2012, the Ocean Course will host the PGA Championship. In addition to villa rentals and vacation home rentals, the resort’s super luxurious Sanctuary Hotel features 255 rooms and suites dripping with amenities like handcrafted furniture and custom-made beds. Other recreation at the resort includes kayaking, fishing, walking tours, tennis, and boat charters.
Nestled along five miles of private beach off southeastern Georgia’s Atlantic Coast, Sea Island Resort has been one of the nation’s finest golf resorts since its debut in 1928. The Sea Island Golf Club features two 18-hole championship golf courses and the Sea Island Golf Learning Center, which is home to four of Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers.” Off the course activities include a shooting school, horseback riding, and tennis. The Cloister Spa is a 65,000 square-foot complex for health and fitness with 23 treatment rooms. Among the accommodation offerings are the 175-room Cloister at Sea Island hotel and the Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, a luxurious 40-room inn overlooking fairways and the St. Simons Sound.
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