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The new inline-6 M engine: High-revving, turbocharged unit combines the best of both worlds.
Like the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe, the new M4 Convertible sees a return to an inline-six engine, as used on the second and third generations of this iconic open sports car. The new turbocharged engine combines the best of both worlds – reaching a maximum 7,600 rpm, it is unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine, resulting in linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range and a soulful engine note, while M TwinPower Turbo technology ensures that peak torque is on tap over a broad rpm range. A further hallmark of this engine is its outstanding efficiency.
The new engine sees a power upgrade over the previous V-8 to 425 hp, which is delivered between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by roughly 40 percent to 406 lb-ft, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (1,850–5,500 rpm). The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes the new BMW M4 Convertible just 4.4 seconds with the 6-speed manual. Equipped with the 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, this number falls to 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited). The BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine hits maximum revs of 7,600 rpm, in keeping with the typically high-revving character of M engines.
The M TwinPower Turbo technology comprises two fast-responding mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double-VANOS continuously variable camshaft timing. Valvetronic and Double-VANOS work in tandem to seamlessly control intake valve lift. The result is smooth and efficient power delivery, very sharp response and reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
Before you plop down your hard-earned cash on your dream boat, here are a few things to consider.
Where exactly will you be taking your boat? The ocean is big, so knowing exactly which part of the ocean you plan on boating in will play a role in which boat you buy. Will you be staying close to shore, in a bay, far from shore, or crossing the ocean? Think long-term. Just because you're beginning in a bay doesn't mean it will satisfy your quest for adventure in five years. Don't fall into the "starter boat now, upgrade later" trap. Quite often that leads to sinking money into a starter boat to bring it up to standards while saving to buy a better boat—a plan that will cost you substantially more.
What is the purpose of the boat? Finding the perfect ocean boat requires knowing what you want. Are you looking to explore the nearby coast? Do you want a party boat? How about a fishing boat? Perhaps you'd like to use your boat for business purposes, such as taking clients on an ocean fishing trip. Will the boat be used for overnight trips, or do you just want something small to take the family out for a weekend get-away? Put down in writing what it is you want your boat to be capable of—think long-term—and then find the perfect boat.
Do you know a boating expert? The person wanting to sell you the boat is undoubtedly an expert...at selling boats. Find someone whose financial security doesn't depend on you buying a boat and have them show you the ropes. If you're interested in a 35-foot ocean sailing vessel, find someone with a 35-foot ocean sailing vessel and have them take you for a spin. Pay them if you must. It's better to fork over a couple hundred dollars for a couple hours on the ocean than to fork over several thousand dollars to buy the wrong boat.
What will upgrades or repairs cost? Although the status symbol and feel of a new boat is tempting, most first-time seafarers opt for a used boat. If you're looking at a used boat, make a checklist. Contact an insurance provider, who is likely looking for more customers, and find out what is required to insure the boat. Look for the following common defects that may lead to un-insurability and/or a hefty repair bill: soft or cracked gel coat on the deck, deck leaks, contaminated engine parts, or faulty engine mounts. Insist on an out-of-water inspection by an independent expert.
Can you afford it? Even if you find the perfect boat and can pony up the cash to buy it doesn't mean you can afford it. Buying the boat is only the initial cost of ownership. There's a reason that the two most glorious days in the life of a boat owner are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat. Costs include registration fees, insurance, docking and storage costs, equipment, trailer registration, licensing, maintenance and repairs, fuel, and winter storage. You may find it cheaper to charter an ocean boat a couple times a year than to own a boat and take it out a couple times a year.
BMW has long been heralded as an innovator in the automotive world, and now the German luxury and sport car manufacturer is leading the “charge” once again with the brand’s new Smart Charging App.
This “electrifying” new app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and gives BMW i owners the ability to automate a number of processes relating to their vehicles, such as identifying the best charge times and rates.
All-electric and plug-in hybrid owners know that vehicle charging rates can vary state to state, and often differ depending on the time of day. BMW’s new app provides i3 and i8 owners with an easy, straightforward, and money-saving method to keep their vehicles amped and at the ready.
BMW’s Smart Charging App can also easily interact with BMW’s existing i Remote App, which sends important vehicle information directly to a user’s smartphone. By linking the BMW ConnectedDrive interface through the BMW i Remote App, customers can also precondition their BMW i3 vehicles’ temperature, check vehicle status, view actual charging times and related costs, and adjust and disable their charging settings remotely.
“By automating the at-home charging planning process with the BMW Smart Charging App, we are offering BMW i customers greater convenience and helping them conserve energy while maximizing their cost savings,” said Jose Guerrero, Product Manager and U.S. Product Planning and Strategy for BMW i, BMW of North America in a press release.
BMW is the first automaker to offer this automated and fully integrated functionality, and serves as a firm reminder of the brand’s position at the vanguard of groundbreaking automotive technology.
Currently, the BMW Smart Charging App is only available to BMW Electronauts – vehicle enthusiasts that leased and took part in the brand’s ActiveE pilot program – but plans to roll out the app to all BMW i3 and i8 customers is slated for 2015.
For more information on BMW’s groundbreaking i lineup of vehicles, be sure to contact our dealership today.
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The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate America’s favorite holiday than hosting a delicious cookout? We came up with some tips inspired by Food Network’s cooking sensation Bobby Flay and popular magazine Cooking Light to help you perfect your grilling expertise and wow your guests this year.
1. Get quality meat.
If you’re grilling burgers this holiday, ground chuck is usually a great, inexpensive option, but for steaks, it is important to select a good grade of meat. USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus are going to cook the best, but choice-grade steak is a great alternative as well and may even be on sale at your local market. If you’re serving chicken, get the thighs. They stay moist and have a richer flavor than breast meat.
Pay attention to fat content. Choose ground chuck that is around 80 percent lean. In steak, look for marbling (thin white streaks) throughout the meat. The fat will keep the meats juicy and flavorful, which your guests will be sure to love.
2. It’s all about the prep.
Before moving to the grill, take the meat out of the fridge, and let it sit about 20 minutes to bring it to room temperature. If the meat is too cold, it won’t cook evenly, jeopardizing tenderness and taste.
Seasoning is key. For steaks, lightly score the meat to help the marinade sink in, and for chicken, use a bold dry rub for amped-up flavor. Burgers are a little easier; if you have a quality ground chuck, a light salt and pepper will season your burgers just fine.
3. Don’t rush it.
Your guests will be anxious, but don’t flip the steaks too soon. They need to develop a thin, seared crust before turning or the meat will stick to the grates. To check for doneness, the simple touch test can tell you if it’s time to take the steaks up—rare meat will be soft and spongy, medium meat bounces back when pressed, and well-done steak is firm. If you’re grilling chicken, placing it over indirect heat first is better to cook the meat slowly and keep the skin from scorching. After the inside is almost cooked, move the chicken to direct heat for a few minutes to finish it off with that smoky flavor.
Whether it’s burgers, steaks, or chicken, let the meat sit a couple minutes after taking it up to let the juices sink in and secure that flavor. Your guests will thank you later.
4. Serve and enjoy!
If you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to have a great cookout and a great time on this Fourth of July.
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When abdominal pain, belching, and bloating become daily problems, these are symptoms that your digestive tract is struggling because of your food choices. One way to help is to avoid high acid forming foods. Another way to aid your digestive tract is to eat foods to aid digestion that are also rich in nutrients and promote overall good health. Here we have selected 4 areas on which you may focus.
1. Probiotic foods
Your stomach already contains beneficial bacteria that are overworked when outward symptoms appear. When you eat foods rich in probiotics (live microorganisms), it’s like sending “good” bacteria replacements to aid your overworked digestive system. Maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria is vital for nutrient absorption and a healthy digestive and immune system. Rich sources of natural probiotics include the following:
· Yogurt. This most common source of “good” bacteria, when you eat yogurt every day it helps tame diarrhea, gas, and other digesting issues.
· Sauerkraut. Because sauerkraut is ferment cabbage, it contains beneficial microbes. It’s best to choose unpasteurized sauerkraut because pasteurized products sold in most stores don’t have the same amount of active, healthy bacteria.
· Sourdough bread. San Francisco’s famous bread contains “lactobacilli,” a probiotic believed to aid digestion.
2. High fiber foods
MedlinePlus states that high fiber foods (both soluble and insoluble) aid your digestive process by adding bulk to waste products. When you eat foods high in fiber, foods pass more quickly through your digestive tract usually without problematic side effects. High fiber foods include the following:
· High-fiber cereals and breads. Always choose whole-grain products especially products that control rolled oats, barley, nuts, and seeds.
· Fresh fruits. While all fruits contain some fiber, apples, oranges, and avocados have particularly levels.
· Fresh vegetables. Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes rate high in fiber and other nutrients. Other vegetables to aid digestion include beans, broccoli, yellow corn, and cabbage, to name a few.
3. Ginger root
According to the University of Maryland of Maryland Medical Center, ginger has been used by Asian cultures for centuries. It’s the underground root of the ginger plant (or rhizome) that contains medicinal properties proven to aid digestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, and nausea.
4. More water
While not technically a food, when you drink water before and after a meal this habit helps your digestive system work more efficiently. Water helps your system break down food and move it through your digestive track. Dehydration is also a primary cause of constipation that promotes inflammation in your intestinal lining. This condition can lead to more serious intestinal problems.
When you realize how much better you feel by adding these 4 foods to aid digestion, you won’t reach for your bottle of Tums anymore.