BMW 330i xDrive Sedan with M Sport Package

The BMW was driven to Pirate Radio for a look-see by the DJ’s, George “Elvis” Gray and Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello:

Alpine White paint – Black Vernasca leather seating with heated buckets – 5 passenger – 112.2” wheelbase – 185.7” long – Wt. 3,582 lbs. – 17 cubic ft.trunk   xDrive all-wheel drive system with four driving modes     zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and top speed of 130 mph – 19”, Aluminum alloy wheels – P225/40R19 Bridgestone LS100 summer radial tires – LED daytime running lights and LED headlights plus 10.25” infotainment screen and heads up display – Backup camera, navigation, adaptive cruise control, heated tilt wheel, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and Bluetooth capability – Blind spot monitor, pushbutton/remote start, and rear cross traffic alert   XM/AM/FM Harman Kardon premium 12-speaker sound system   2.0 liter turbo four cylinder engine with 255 horsepower/295 ft. lb.. torque.  Eight speed automatic transmission with shift paddles – $57,420.00  list price           Built in Munich, Germany – 530 miles range, 34 mpg highway/25 mpg city/28 mpg combined – 15.6 gallon tank

2018 BMW X3 xDrive 30i

The BMW was driven to Pirate Radio for a look-see by the on-air personalities, Matt “The Big Kahuna” Arguello and George “Elvis” Gray……

All wheel drive – Dark Olive metallic – Canberra Beige leather trim -5 passenger – 183.6” long, same as a GMC Terrain – Weighs 4,230 lbs.   Panoramic moon roof with black headliner – 62.7 cubic ft. cargo space behind second row – 8” ground clearance – 19” aluminum wheels – Backup camera, navigation, auto braking, and radar cruise control – XM/AM/FM Harman/Karden stereo – 12 speakers – 8.8” touchscreen – 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine with 248 horsepower (torque is 258) – Eight speed automatic transmission – $57,620.00  list price        Built in Spartanburg, S. Carolina – 513 miles of range, 25 mpg combined, 22 mpg city, and 29 mpg highway – 17.7 gallon tank

2018 BMW 740e xDrive Sedan

The DJ’s at Pirate Radio FM 104.7 (George “Elvis” Gray on this occasion) looked over the BMW for an analysis/opinion:

All wheel drive – Megellan Gray metallic paint – Black Dakota leather trim – 5 passenger – 206.6” long, 2.5” longer than a Chevy Traverse – Weighs 4,740 lbs.  Panoramic dual (one power) moon roof(s) – 14 cubic ft. of trunk space – 0 to 60mph in 5.1 seconds – Backup camera, around view camera, navigation, auto braking, and radar cruise control – XM/AM/FM Harman/Karden stereo   10 speakers – 8” touchscreen – 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine with 326 horsepower, counting electric motors – Eight speed automatic transmission   $99,845.00  list price – Built in Dingolfing, Germany – 340 miles of range, 27 mpg combined – 12.1 gallon tank – goes 25 miles on full electric charge





2018 BMW M550i xDrive Sedan

Listen in while George Gray and I discuss the salient aspects of this luxury/performance BMW on Pirate Radio 104.7FM……

All wheel drive – Mediterranean Blue metallic paint – Cognac Dakota leather trim – 5 passenger – 195” long like a Toyota Avalon or a GMC Acadia – Heated and cooled front & rear bucket seats – weighs 4,372 lbs. – Power sunroof – Backup camera, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, auto high beam, navigation and radar cruise control – XM/AM/FM Harman Kardon stereo w/16 speakers  8.8” touchscreen – 4.4 liter V-8 Twin Turbo engine with 456 horsepower, torque is 480 – 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds – Eight speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters – 19”  alloy wheels – 245/40R19 (275/40R19 rear) run-flat radials – $88,985.00  list price – Built in Dingolfing, Germany – 450 miles of range, 19 mpg combined, 16 mpg city, and 25 mpg highway – 18 gallon tank

Reviewers Commentary: “This BMW is a powerhouse – loved the sound of the engine and the ride.  Would rather have a conventional shifter for the transmission.  Rock crusher stereo.”

2017 BMW X1 AWD 28i Crossover

Stu’s Reviews @ Pirate Radio 104.7FM.  Matt Arguello and Myself.  Listen in:

Chestnut bronze metallic paint – Heated Canberra (beige) leather buckets – 5 passenger seating – 6.5” touchscreen w/navigation – Weighs 3,600 lbs. – Harman/Kardon premium stereo – 2 liter twin turbo four – 228 horsepower – torque is 258 lb. ft. – 8 Speed automatic transmission – All wheel drive – Backup camera  $46,320.00 Window Sticker – 31 MPG on the highway – 25 MPG combined rating – 22 MPG city – 16.1 gallon tank – Made in Regensburg, Germany

2017 BMW i3 All-Electric Sedan with Range Extender

The BMW was taken to Pirate Radio for analysis by George Gray and Matt Arguello during the Morning Show.  Listen…….

Mineral Grey charcoal metallic paint – Heated Tera (brown) leather buckets – Four passenger seating with rear coach doors – 6.5” touchscreen w/navigation – Weighs 2,899 lbs. – Harman/Kardon premium stereo – All-electric power – 170 horsepower Torque is 184 lb. ft. – two cylinder gas “range extender”, 650cc engine – Rear wheel drive – Backup camera – $54,695.00 Window Sticker – 111 MPGe on the highway – 35 MPG combined rating – 2.4 gallon tank – 97 miles of all-electric range – 83 miles range on gas – Made in Leipzig, Germany


2016 BMW X1 AWD Turbo Crossover

20160418_192229On April 22nd, the BMW X1 was driven to Pirate Radio, 104.7 KELS FM, for analysis by George “Elvis” Gray and yours truly:

2016 BMW X1 xDrive Turbo – Mediterranean blue metallic – Canberra beige Dakota leather buckets and rear seat – Navigation system with 7” touchscreen – Panoramic moonroof – Heated seats and steering wheel – LED bending headlights -10 speaker stereo – Pushbutton start – M sport suspension – 228 horsepower 4 – 2.0 liter with turbocharger – Eight speed automatic transmission  w/ paddles – Backup camera – Power tailgate – $46,395.00 – 32 mpg highway gas mileage – Made in South Carolina

This “Beemer” does great on gas, is snappy, and has a pretty interior (I love the headliner).  Highway manners are great, and it turns around on a dime.


“Twenty Years of Pride” 2011 BMW 328i

2011 BMW 328i

In October of 1991, Motor Trend magazine selected BMW’s 325i as one of the “Ten Best” automobiles of the 1992 model year.  BMW had (and has) produced automobiles since 1929 and along the way also produced airplane engines (WWII)  and motorcycles.  The highly anticipated 325i had been totally restyled and featured a 2.5 liter, 189hp, DOHC in-line, six cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission.  The reputation of BMW had been burnished into the minds of the motoring public with the production of the 2002 during the sixties and seventies.  That “New Class” compact sporting sedan featured the celebrated M10 four-cylinder engine as well as independent suspension, MacPherson struts, and front disc brakes.  The 2002 was the precursor to the famed 325i that was introduced twenty years ago this month.  The 1992 325i weighed a ton and a half, was 175” long, and reportedly accelerated 0 to 60mph in 8.0 seconds.

Twenty years have rolled by since the 325i introduction, and now the model most akin to that car is the 2011 BMW 328i.  I recently was able to drive around in one with all-wheel drive and a 3.0 liter, 230hp, DOHC six-cylinder engine and six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.  I have never owned a BMW, but after some time behind the wheel, I see why the car has such a sterling reputation.  This 2011 BMW 3 series is superior in virtually every way when compared to one sold twenty years ago.  Consider that the 328i: will go an additional 2 highway miles on a gallon of gas,  will go zero to sixty in two seconds less, and will top out at an additional 15mph when compared with its 1992 counterpart.  And the price has gone from a base of $28,000.00 to a current $36,600.00, a REDUCTION when inflation is factored in.

The Tasman green four-door sedan I had the pleasure of driving had saddle brown Dakota leather upholstery, 3-way heated front seats, tilt-telescope steering column, and all the power accessories including moonroof.  The trunk is a rather large 14 cubic feet, and the wheels were 17”, ten-spoke alloys.  Other amenities too numerous to mention were present in this “Ultimate Driving Machine”, and the  MSRP, as equipped, was $42,550.00.

When behind the wheel of a BMW, you expect (and receive) a taut, supple ride, lots of acceleration, and crisp cornering capabilities.  The car met my expectations on this day, and I also enjoyed the firm, well-bolstered bucket seats and sensible instrument panel.  Rear seating is, might I say, limited, but the car is manufactured with the people up front in mind.  And up there the driver enjoys the aforementioned 0 to 60mph acceleration of 6 seconds and BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) for braking. That system includes stopping functions for  deceleration, wet weather, incline, and heat control.  Bottom line; the BMW provides the GO! and the WHOA!.

For twenty years BMW has avoided any bankruptcies, bailouts, or boondoggles. Just steady progress that followed that 1992 Motor Trend Top Ten selection and proceeding to today’s sleek, technically advanced, fifth generation 328i.  Car & Driver magazine agreed with that 1992 selection, and tacked on 19 more in succession to include the car that I drove last month.  I’ll second that (those) notion(s).