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Academy Award, Grammy winner Hans Zimmer tapped to compose and curate BMW IconicSounds

Hans Zimmer composed many of the sounds he's already developed as part of the partnership with BMW Group in his Santa Monica studio.

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BMW Group has announced a partnership with Academy Award and Grammy winning composer Hans Zimmer. As part of the agreement, Zimmer will further the work of BMW IconicSounds Electric. These sounds are the keystone noises that will be part of the next-generation electrified BMW Group lineup starting with 2020 models.

We have the unique opportunity to turn electric driving in a BMW into a magnificent experience with outstanding sonority," said Zimmer. "I am really looking forward to the challenge of shaping the sound for future electric BMW's. Developing the sounds for the BMW Vision M NEXT together with Renzo Vitale was already an inspiring, new experience for me."

BMW Vision M NEXT test facilities The BMW Vision M NEXT in the anechoic chamber at the BMW test facilities in Aschheim near Munich.Photo courtesy of BMW Group

This announcement is part of a longer partnership with BMW that was first started with the development of e-sound for the BMW Vision M NEXT. The e-sound was developed in Zimmer's Santa Monica studio, which is where he has composed numerous award-winning works.

"Sound Design gives us the opportunity to evoke positive emotions in our vehicles," said Renzo Vitale, BMW Sound Designer. "This new start-sound triggers joyful anticipation of the electric drive, when the customer enters his vehicle and presses the Start/Stop button."

According to BMW, the silence of driving electrically is often cited as a major advantage of electric mobility. Under the BMW IconicSounds Electric brand identity, the BMW Group will offer a remedy for that void. "Over the years, the sound of our vehicles has enthused and accompanied millions of people," said Stefan Ponikva, Vice President BMW Brand Experience. "We are very excited about the exceptional chance of creating the sounds for BMW's electric mobility together with Hans Zimmer. Thereby we can charge future emotions of our customers worldwide anew and redefine sheer driving pleasure."

Zimmer's expertise is expected to be applied to a number of BMW concept and production vehicles.

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BMW infotainment systems recently received a major upgrade.

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All 2021 model year BMW automobiles will come standard with a free one-year SiriusXM All-Access subscription. The move is part of a larger deal that extends the relationship between BMW and SiriusXM through 2026.

The news comes just weeks after BMW divulged that a long list of its 2021 models will come with SiriusXM with 360L, an audio platform that combines satellite and streaming content delivery into the existing SiriusXM platform. SiriusXM with 360L made its debut in the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 and after a year of exclusivity is moving into more vehicles throughout the market space.

BMW SiriusXM with 360L BMW will offer SiriusXM with 360L in its 2021 model year vehicles. This is what it looks like on-screen.Photo courtesy of BMW

BMW delivers their customers a premium experience every time out on the road. We're very proud that SiriusXM has been a popular feature of that in-vehicle experience dating back to the earliest days of satellite radio in 2002," said Rodney Pickett, SVP, Automotive Partnerships, for SiriusXM. "Today we are truly excited that our relationship continues to grow, as we announce that SiriusXM will be standard on all BMW Group vehicles, ensuring all of their customers can enjoy our premium programming content for many years to come."

Earlier this year, BMW announced five big updates to its infotainment system. You can find out more about that here.

BMW vehicles with SiriusXM with 360L will be able to receive software updates allowing customers to have accesss to the latest features without having to visit a dealership. The latest offering, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, will be part of a future software update. With Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, drivers can create their own ad-free music stations based on the artist they are listening to, then give songs a thumbs up or thumbs down within the SiriusXM service, or even skip songs, to create their own personal channel that plays more of what they want.

BMW has offered SiriusXM in its vehicles since 2002. It is now standard across the BMW lineup.

"In-vehicle technology and entertainment have become as important to BMW drivers as the performance and handling of their new automobiles." said Monika D. Reimel, Head of BMW Aftersales Business Development. "BMW was one of the first manufacturers to offer SiriusXM in our automobiles and today we are excited to not only include SiriusXM as a standard feature in all of our 2021 models but also combine it with one of the longest initial subscription periods in the industry. This new agreement with SiriusXM offers immediate benefits to our enthusiastic customers."

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The BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe have been reborn for the 2021 model year.

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Up to 503 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. On those numbers alone, it's easy to see how the new, sixth-generation 2020 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe will be choice for spirited drivers. The natural successors of the E30 M3 will arrive in markets worldwide in the spring.

BMW will sell the cars in four variants: the RWD, manual transmission M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe and the RWD, automatic transmission M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe.

The M3 and M4 are getting a 48-horsepower upgrade for the 2021 model year. Competition models get a 59-horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque upgrade over previous Competition package-equipped cars.

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The M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds courtesy of its 473-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that achieves 406 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 155 or 180 mph depending on whether or not the M Driver's Package is selected. These cars are delivered with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Rev matching technology is available.

Competition models are tuned to produce 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It takes just 3.8 seconds for those models to get to 60 mph from a standstill. The rear-wheel drive models feature an Active M differential that is connected to the Dynamic Stability Control System, as is the M xDrive system. The M xDrive system will offer the drive a choice of three modes: 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD.

Both models redline at 7,2000 rpm.

The new M3 and M4 offer numerous cooling considerations for the powertrain including water and oil cooling systems that are designed to stand up to the high temperatures of track use. The models also have large front intakes to increase airflow.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe M3 Sedan

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At the rear of the M3 and M4 are chrome twin exhaust tips. Competition models get black chrome twin exhaust tips. BMW has tuned the cars' exhaust. Selecting the Sport or Sport+ drive mode turns up the intensity of the exhaust sound. An M Sound button allows the driver to reduce engine note when desired and works in any drive mode.

Each model comes standard with a standard Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers. The M integrated braking system offers two driver-selected settings for brake pedal feel. The M Traction Control system, part of the available M Drive Professional, introduces a integrated wheel slip limitation function of the Dynamic Stability Control system that can be adjusted through 10 stages based on the driver's preferences. The Adaptive M suspension features Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes.

The M3 and M4 have additional bracing to make them more rigid. Their front track has been widened, which is designed to improve stability on- and off-track.

Speed-sensitive steering assistance with a variable steering ratio combines to create the standard M Servotronic steering technology. Comfort and Sport settings give the driver basic control over the system.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

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BMW has freshly developed M Compound brakes on the 2021 editions. They feature front six-piston fixed-caliper brakes with 380 mm discs and rear single-piston floating-calipers with 370 mm disks. The calipers are painted in blue metallic but may be ordered in black or red; all with the M logo.

The optional M Carbon ceramic brakes deliver even stronger braking power with greater fade resistance, enhanced thermal stability and extremely high resistance to wear. Their gold painted calipers are complemented by front 400 mm discs and rear 380 mm disks.

Drivers can choose from Comfort or Sport braking modes, and utilize a variety of new and additional braking technologies to assist with on-track prowess.

Each M3 and M4 rides on forged M light-alloy wheels. They are 18-inches in the front and 19-inches in the rear. Non-runflat performance tires sized 275/40ZR18 front and 285/35ZR19 rear complete the standard package. The Competition models feature forged M light-alloy 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 non-runflat performance tires

2021 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

The two cars feature black exterior accents that help set them apart from their more traditional counterparts.

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The M3 and M4 are additionally differentiated from the traditional 3- and 4 Series by their exclusive exterior paint colors, forged M light-alloy wheels, a carbon fiber roof, and the optional M Carbon exterior package. There are also flared fenders, high-gloss black accents, and a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof.

BMW is making a M Carbon exterior package available it features inlays for the front air intakes, a rear diffuser, exterior mirror caps and a rear spoiler made of the same materials as the roof.

A Extended Shadowline trim gives the model dark finish for the exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, and tailpipes.

The interior of the car has typical M details including red accents for the M buttons on the M leather steering wheel and the start/stop button on the center console. A anthracite-colored headliner and Aluminum Tetragon trim are standard. Carbon fiber accents feature throughout the cabin, including on the paddle shifters.

There are newly developed heated M sport seats with fine-grain Merino leather trim up front. M Carbon bucket seats are available and feature multi-point restraints.

2021 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

Both models wear BMW's new grille.

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At the center of the dashboard is a 10.25-inch infotainment screen while a 12.3-inch digital cockpit sits in front of the driver. The infotainment system includes cloud-based navigation and the ability to interact with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly. There are M-specific displays for the instrument cluster and optional head-up display.

The new M3 and M4 are equipped with automatic post-crash braking, fatigue and focus alert, lane departure warning, speed limit information, active blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear collision preparation as standard.

The 2021 M3 and M4 go on sale in March. MSRP pricing is $69,900 for the M3 Sedan, $72,800 for the M3 Competition Sedan, $71,800 for the M4 Coupe and $74,700 for the M4 Competition Coupe. There is an additional $995 destination fee on each vehicle.

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