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BMW issues OTA update for iDrive 7

BMW owners with iDrive7 will see a wealth of new tech features with the update.

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In-car technology is progressing quickly, to the point that the cars we drive today would be completely foreign to people even just a decade ago. Over-the-air updates allow automakers to add new features and refresh existing functionality, and BMW is taking advantage of that functionality to update its vehicles for 2022. Cars running iDrive 7 will receive an update that brings new functions and refines others.

New features include a warning feature that suppresses lane departure and steering interventions on roads without clearly marked lanes. A real-time traffic information system can now process data from congestion in turning lanes and automatically route the driver around the issue for faster transit and more accurate estimation of arrival time. The system now includes an advanced volume control function for Android smartphones that provides enhanced sound for streaming and podcasts. The driver profile recognition system has also been improved to recognize drivers when the key fob is in odd locations, such as in a purse in the back seat.

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The M3 and M4 get enhancements to their interior engine audio systems, which pump engine sounds into the cabin. BMW says the new system now provides clearer audio confirmation of gear shifts and a refined startup sound. Changing the cars’ drive modes changes the sounds, and a quieter mode can be selected to reduce distraction.

Updated vehicles get built-in access to Spotify podcasts and Pandora radio, and BMW’s News app has been updated with better on-demand features and podcasts. The app filters news and other content for the user, providing a personalized experience. Finally, BMW’s Digital Key will be available for select Android phones.

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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

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If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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