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more fuel-ef­fi­cient than its pre­de­ces­sor, Has­sel­mann notes, due to the use of moulded car­bon-fi­bre re­in­force­ment of the stamped steel used in the ve­hi­cle’s man­u­fac­ture.

Has­sel­mann re­ports the model is avail­able in two trims. The M-sport ver­sion is pow­ered by a 445-hp V-8 TwinPower Turbo en­gine that puts out 445hp 480 lb.-ft. of torque. The model can go from 0 to 100 km/h in a class-lead­ing 4.3 sec­onds.

“The 2016 7 Se­ries is a very rare, very spe­cial­ized car (which sells for a start­ing price of $113,900),” Has­sel­mann says. “We have only one in the show­room. This is the model for any­one look­ing for some­thing new and beau­ti­ful.”

More plen­ti­ful are the 2016 BMW X1 mod­els that also ar­rived at Birch­wood BMW in midOc­to­ber. The 2016 X1 is all new, says Birch­wood BMW sales rep Steven We­ber.

“The new model is much qui­eter than its pre­de­ces­sor,” We­ber says. “It’s also more re­fined. It pro­vides the pre­mier lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence in its seg­ment.”

The model — avail­able in two trims — is pow­ered by a two-litre, four-cylin­der, twin-power turbo en­gine that puts out 228hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The ve­hi­cle goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.3 sec­onds. The fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sion are re­duced from pre­vi­ous X1 mod­els, We­ber notes.

We­ber adds that some of the stan­dard equip­ment on the 2016 X1 in­cludes adap­tive LED head­lights, 18” al­loy wheels, roof rails, park dis­tance con­trol, rear-view cam­era and BMW As­sist emer­gency call.

The en­try-level model sells for a base price of $38,800 (plus freight and PDI).

“The cus­tomer re­sponse has been out­stand­ing,” We­ber says. “Per­son­ally, I have never had so many peo­ple call­ing about a par­tic­u­lar model. We are ex­pect­ing the new X1 to be one of our most pop­u­lar mod­els.”

Lux­ury re­fine­ments found in the new BMW 7 Se­ries in­clude heated seats with a mas­sage fea­ture and ges­ture con­trol, a unique sys­tem that ac­cepts com­mands

via hand move­ments.

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