Munich. The feeling of the M car is unmistakable – and can now be tailored even closer to the individual. BMW M GmbH reveals a new display and system for controlling the configuration of drive systems, chassis and driver assistance systems for its high performance sports cars. As well as additional space for adjusting the vehicle's settings both for hand-held and personal preferences using the Setup button, drivers will also enjoy the services of the new M mode (one-touch at the touch of a button). The Setup button can be used to adjust the vehicle settings, while the M Mode allows the driver assistance settings and driver assistance systems to be adapted to the driver's requirements. This additional individualization and even more intuitive work will be included for the first time in the new BMW M8 Coupe and the BMW M8 Competition Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 10.6-10.5 l / 100 km [26.7 – 26.9 mpg imp]; Combined CO2 emissions: 242 – 238 g / km; the temporary numbers) and the new BMW M8 Convertible and the BMW M8 Competition Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.8-10.6 l / 100 km [26.2 – 26.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 246 – 241 g / km; temporary numbers). With these new features, BMW's high-performance models for the luxury segment can enjoy their extraordinary range of capabilities – from superb comfort in long runs to attractive dynamics on the track – in even greater depth.
The control system developed for the BMW M models traditionally allows their engines and chassis technology to be configured in a wide variety of ways according to personal tastes and needs. Indeed, the driver can activate various engine, suspension and steering settings independently of each other. In the models specified by the M xDrive system with all-wheel drive, the power distribution between the front and rear wheels can also be changed. And now the new BMW M8 Coupe and the new BMW M8 Convertible offer the ability to configure the braking system as needed.
The new setup button provides intuitive operation with direct access to all engine and chassis systems.
The new center-console button on the new BMW M8 Coupe and the new BMW M8 Convertible provides direct access to all the available installation options for five vehicle parameters. By pressing the button, a menu for adjusting the control screen appears, which offers an overview of the vehicle settings that are currently installed. The driver can then activate the desired mode for the engine, suspension, steering wheel, brakes and M xDrive – in one step anyway – via the touch screen or iDrive controller.
The engine characteristics can be adjusted using the EFFICIENT, SPORT and SPORT PLUS settings, while the COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT PLUS options allow access to the three profiles for electronically controlled dampers. The driver can choose between COMFORT and SPORT for the M-specific electromechanical control and the new braking system. When the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is deactivated, the 4WD, 4WD SPORT and 2WD (for clean rear-wheel drive) settings for all-wheel drive MxDrive also appear in play. Two individually composed variants of this setting can be continuously preserved with the driver's preferred driver settings for engine sound, gear characteristics, driving stability control, and auto start function. The overall vehicle configuration can then be called up immediately at any time by pressing one of the two buttons on the steering wheel.
Premiere in the BMW M8: an integrated braking system with precise pedal sensation and M-specific configuration.
The M-specific version of the new brake technology opens the way to configure the braking features, a feature that is available for the first time in the new BMW M8. The new system connects the activation of the brakes, brake activation and braking control in a compact module. The integrated braking system reduces the weight by about two kilograms and employs a vacuum-free brake booster to improve overall car performance. The required brake pressure is activated by an electric actuator, which allows it to generate more dynamically and also provides significantly faster and more accurate interventions from the stability control system.
The integrated braking system also does a great job to allow vehicle deceleration to be precisely targeted to the driver's requirements and to create an exciting pedal in every situation. Braking of the driver towards the driver is undamaged from wet surfaces on the road, significant side acceleration or high brake temperatures, which allows accurate measurement of the braking power at any time. The new braking system version developed for the BMW M models also displays the driver with two pedal sensors.
COMFORT AND SPORT CONDITIONS change the pressure of the brake pedal required to slow down the car. This allows the driver to choose between the perforated orientation of the braking process and in particular the direct, instantaneous response of the pedal applications. The new BMW M8 represents this innovative system with standard M brake Brakes and optional M carbon ceramic brakes.
Pure driving pleasure through innovation: the M Mode button.
In addition to the new configuration options open from the Setup button, the new BMW M8 also allows the features of the eight-speed gearbox Steptronic to be adjusted using the Drivelogic button on the selector lever and the engine sound to be changed through a special button on the center console. M Dynamic Mode – raising the thresholds for driving stability control and allowing controlled rains – and the DSC Off mode can also be started at the touch of a button.
The new addition to the new leading models from BMW M GmbH is the M Mode button on the center console. This can be used to change the responses of the driver assistance systems and screens in the digital instrument panel and the Head-Up display. M Mode allows the driver to activate the ROAD and SPORT modes, while the new BMW M8 Competition Coupe and the BMW M8 Competition Convertible also come with the setting of the TRACK. These options enhance the experience of driving experience M depending on the situation you have. Changing the settings alters the information presented to the driver on the screens, while safety enhancement interventions from driver assistance systems – such as active brakes or steering inputs – minimize or completely deactivate.
In the standard ROAD setting, all standard and optional driver assistance systems are fully activated. Simply pressing the M Mode button switches the SPORT setting, in which active driver assistance systems (in the configuration set by the driver) now only transmit signals on speed limits and overflights. This mode prevents all interventions in braking and control systems, in addition to those made by the braking and collision avoidance warning.
In SPORT mode, the driver benefits from M View in the instrument panel and in the Head-Up display. Here, in the cockpit, only relevant information about sport driving is displayed – i.e. M-specific accelerating wheel and changing lights (indicating the ideal time to change gear), digital speed display and instant included equipment. Information on the coolant temperature, charging pressure, tire condition, and longitudinal and lateral acceleration can be seen on the right and left of the instrument panel. The header display is concentrated around the engine speed and switching lights, navigation and distance warnings, selected speed and vehicle speed, plus speed limits and overrun restrictions detected by the speed limitation information system. Pressing the M Mode button again returns the driver to the default mode of ROAD.
The extended press of the M Mode button turns on the TRACK mode, which is available in the competition models and designed exclusively for the use of racing cars. The decision to activate this mode must be confirmed using the iDrive controller. In this setting, all the comfort and safety features of driver assistance systems are deactivated. Additionally, the audio system and control panel are turned off to focus the driver's attention even more intensively on the road ahead. The TRACK mode allows drivers of the new BMW M8 Competition Coupe and the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible to experience an extremely pure distillation of the M-inspired feeling of racing cars. Additionally, the instrument panel and the Head-Up display also include M View, although the TRACK mode removes road information and distance information. Pressing the M Mode button again takes the car out of the TRACK setting and returns to the ROAD mode.