High-performance braking systems from BMW M


High-performance braking systems from BMW M.

M SKILLS VOL. 7.High-performance braking systems from BMW M.

Whether on racetracks or country roads, the high-performance BMW M Compound Brake and BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brake systems were designed to provide sporty dynamics in BMW M cars. As well as guaranteeing outstanding braking performance, noise can sometimes develop under certain conditions due to the high-strength materials involved. The following insight into how high-performance brake systems function and tips for optimum braking behaviour will enable all M owners to achieve maximum driving pleasure.

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"With the right braking behaviour, the M driver influences the development of brake noises."


The right choice of high-performance brake system depends on various factors, but in particular on the owner’s driving characteristics. The BMW M Compound Brake system meets the highest demands in terms of driving dynamics and deceleration and is therefore the ideal choice for all sporty drivers. The BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brake is ideal for racing enthusiasts.

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BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brake system

BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brake system (built in a BMW M4)

BMW M Compound Brake system

BMW M Compound Brake system (built in a BMW M4)


#1. Braking-in your brakes.

A brand-new high-performance brake system should always be ‘broken in’ first. This applies to the first 500 km with the BMW M Compound Brake system, or the first 1,000 km with the BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brake system. Within these distances, the brakes should be used moderately. In dangerous situations, the full potential of the brake system can of course still be utilised.

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BMW M5 Competition on a wet track

#2. Braking the brakes dry.

In situations where a high-performance brake system has gotten wet, such as after going through a car wash, corrosion and noise can occur. To prevent these undesirable phenomena, you should brake the brake system dry. Some light braking from 50 km/h to 0 km/h is enough to do this. Make sure that traffic conditions permit such manoeuvres.

BMW M5 Competition and BMW M2 Competition

#3. Apply more force to the brake regularly.

Prolonged use of a high-performance vehicle with only a slight load on the brake can also lead to brake noises. Prevent this by regularly bringing the brake discs up to higher temperatures by applying greater braking force when the traffic conditions allow it.

BMW M5 Competition drifting

#4. Polish the brake discs.

After extremely high loads have been placed on high-performance brake system, such as after racetrack use, you should remove any build-up of deposits on the brake discs. This can be achieved by polishing them with light strokes of the brake pedal, if the traffic conditions permit it.

BMW M2 Competition

#5. Cool down the brake system.

After extremely sporty driving, you should carefully cool down high-performance brake systems again. This is best achieved during normal driving. When the vehicle is at a standstill, do not use the brake pedal if the situation allows.

BMW M5 Competition and BMW M2 Competition

#6. Contact your service advisor - in case of permanent braking noise.

Braking noise can occur in certain conditions due to the high-strength materials involved. If these are temporary or situational, it does not pose a safety or quality problem. In most cases it is possible to prevent the noise developing with the correct braking behaviour. If the braking noise is permanent or if you are unsure, please contact your service advisor.

BMW M2 Competition and BMW M5 Competition


BMW M automobiles are high-performance vehicles with racing DNA that are designed for dynamic driving. The specially designed brakes provide the necessary braking force that generates more brake dust due to increased friction. Therefore, the appearance of this dust only shows that a BMW M car is driven in an appropriate manner. It is important to remove this dust at regular intervals by washing the vehicle and wheels in order to prevent it from burning into the surface of the rims.

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How to use your High Performance Brake System - by BMW-M.com

Stefan Landmann, BMW Driving Experience Instructor


Race car driver, winner of the 24-hour Nürburgring, BMW instructor: Stefan Landmann stays on the ideal line. As a class winner in 2011 at the 24-hour Nürburgring on the notorious Nordschleife, the hot-blooded race car driver conquered one of the most demanding racetracks in the world in a BMW M3 GT4. As a certified BMW instructor, the 30-year-old Austrian is the right man in the right place when it comes to transferring the fascination of racing to the road. “It is a great pleasure for me to work with people who are as enthusiastic as I am,” says Landmann. “I like to pass on my motorsport experience.”

BMW M2 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.0 - 9.8 (9.2 - 9.0)
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 227 - 224 (209 - 206)
The figures in brackets refer to the vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

BMW M5 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined: 10.6 - 10.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 241 - 238

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. 

    The values are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] 

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. 

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.