I auditioned with my eight-year-old son. Without the key, I tried to open the door of the BMW 320i M Sport. I just pointed out my cell. And it worked. Still without the key, with the cell phone close, I pressed the start button of the car. It also worked.
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Like? The model is the first manufactured in Araquari, the Santa Catarina plant, to have the digital key. It works like this: the owner can create up to five virtual keys through the BMW Connected app and share them via iMessage also with up to five people, including on the Apple Watch.
The system has settings that allow you to restrict the maximum speed, engine power and maximum volume of the multimedia system for users with shared digital keys. That is, total control over dependents.
My eight-year-old son loved opening the door with his cell phone alone.
For the avoados
For this feature and more, which we will detail below, the 320i M Sport seems to be the car tailored for the distracted. For those dreamy and creative beings who don’t have time to waste looking for the key they forgot in some pants pocket hanging on a hanger.
Not even with commands on the panel. And not even with a fuel gauge.
The 320i is made for those who want to feel the rear-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission, BMW TwinPower Turbo 2.0 liter engine (1,998 cm³), four cylinders in line, 184 horsepower between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm and torque of 300 Nm (compared to 270 Nm from the previous generation) from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm. No more and no less worries.
For those who just want to step on the gas and feel the journey. For those who forget to give an arrow and try to change lanes. The steering wheel then shakes, a reaction from the driving assistant. It just doesn’t work. It is then necessary to move the side levers. With the noise of the tic-tac yes, the security system is unlocked and it is then possible to move to the right or left lane.
Are you so distracted that you forgot to brake when you saw an obstacle ahead? The car also automatically slows down. Is a motorcycle passing in the blind spot of the rearview mirror? A light alerts you to the current overtaking. Yes, the driving assistant is the ritalin for inattentive drivers.
Do you need to fill the tank?
The 320i is a beautiful sedan and makes you forget for a moment that the wave of the automotive segment is SUVs. That on the outside. Inside, the soul is sporty.
I tested the car on a trip from São Paulo to the north coast of the state. Waze recorded 166 kilometers on the Imigrantes highway. On the way back, so many others, and with the saw pointing upwards. Do you need to fill the tank? As far as my little automotive knowledge goes, there is no car that does not need some fuel. The 320i, not being electric, so …
Distracted that I am, I remembered this at the end of the lap, already entering Avenida dos Bandeirantes. And with just over half a tank on the marker. According to BMW, consumption on the road is 12.5 kilometers per liter. And the tank capacity is 59 liters. The bill, therefore, hits.
There is a lot of on-board technology for those who have a headache and do not want to spend energy on ephemeral mechanical activities. The parking assistant system helps, of course, the pilot to park, without having to stretch his head back; reversing assist, on the other hand, reverses the last 50 meters traveled by the vehicle in reverse.
The air conditioner has automatic digital control of three zones; and BMW ConnectedDrive provides real-time traffic data, component maintenance alert service, concierge services, and more.
For you, the head of the wind, there is also the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant (Intelligent Personal Assistant), which integrates the new BMW 7.0 Operating System and can be activated through the voice command “Hello, BMW”, said by the user in Portuguese .
The quasi-economical sports car has reason to celebrate. It is the best-selling premium model in Brazil, according to the latest data. From January to April, 1,797 units were registered, an increase of 84% in relation to the previous year.
BMW registered 3,893 units in that period, a number that is 39% higher than in the same period last year. Of course, we must remember that the months of March and April were impacted by the beginning of the pandemic in Brazil. Still, it is a beautiful recovery, which places the German manufacturer as the largest premium brand in the country. In the end, for the Bavarian brand, data is hard to forget.
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