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How to customize your M setup.

With up to six parameters, use OS8 to individually adjust the driving dynamics and drive characteristics of BMW M automobiles.

19 January 2023

Abalance of comfort and maximum performance – for BMW M automobiles these are no opposites. Thanks to the M Setup menu in the BMW Operating System 8 (OS 8), even more is possible: driving dynamics and drive characteristics can be adjusted as never before to suit the driving situation and one’s personal preferences. So the BMW M automobiles are always ready for anything at any time.

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HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR M SETUP.HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR M SETUP.

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR M SETUP.

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STEP BY STEP.

M SetupM Setup

The M Setup menu is part of the M specific operating system of OS 8. It enables direct access to various different setting options. The standard setting after starting the M automobile’s engine is one based on efficiency.

M SetupM Setup

That can be changed by just pressing the Setup button in the central console: The M Setup menu is opened in the central Infotainment display.

M SetupM Setup

Now the desired mode for up to six different parameters can be selected in a single step via touch or by using the iDrive Controller.

M SetupM Setup

The driver can adjust the Engine modes of the M Engine Dynamics Control, the suspension settings of the Adaptive M Suspension, the Servotronic Steering programmes, the Brake options of the integrated braking system and, depending on the BMW M model, optionally the M xDrive all-wheel system and the M Traction Control.

M SetupM Setup

Altered settings in the M Setup menu are automatically reset when the engine is switched off and the driver has left and locked the vehicle. The next time the ignition is activated, the standard, efficiency-based setting is active again.

M SetupM Setup

Individual settings can be stored via the M1 and M2 keys on the steering wheel.

DEEP DIVE.

Engine

EFFICIENT, SPORT and SPORT PLUS settings can be engaged to modify the engine’s characteristics. In SPORT and SPORT PLUS, the timbre and sound intensity are also precisely matched to the increased drive dynamics.

Chassis

The basic damper characteristics can be adjusted via the M Setup menu. The driver can select from three modes, each with its own profile. COMFORT optimises everyday journeys and long trips by smoothing out road imperfections. The appreciably stiffer damper responses in SPORT have been tuned during in-depth testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. And SPORT PLUS optimises damper control to maximise performance on smooth race tracks. This will be the setting of choice for drivers keen to explore the outer reaches of the car’s dynamic ability and experience the extremes of lateral and longitudinal acceleration.

Steering

The driver can dip into the M Setup menu to call up either of the two steering settings. COMFORT mode brings an easy steering feel with precise feedback to the fore, while in SPORT mode the messages communicated through the wheel rim and the amount of steering force required are dialled up noticeably, maximising precision in dynamic driving situations.

Brake

The M specific version of the integrated braking system additionally presents the driver with two pedal feel settings. In their own individual ways, COMFORT and SPORT modes alter the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the car. The driver can therefore choose between more comfort-oriented and particularly direct, instantaneous response when braking.  

M xDrive

You configure the distribution of power as required. In the default 4WD setting, rear-biased power transmission goes hand-in-hand with unshakable traction and precisely controllable handling. Increasing agility levels still further is 4WD Sport mode, which directs a greater proportion of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. Here, the linear build-up of lateral forces characteristic of M models even makes it possible to execute controlled drifts while staying effortlessly in control of the car. 4WD Sport mode has been set up precisely according to the grip attributes of the optionally available performance tyres, with the aim of maximising dynamics on the track. And switching off DSC brings 2WD mode into the equation. This setting allows experienced drivers to enjoy the uncorrupted driving experience of pure rear-wheel drive, with no stabilising interventions from the control systems.

 

M Traction Control

This form of traction control allows the driver to set the intervention thresholds for wheel slip limitation. The relevant menu, accessed via the iDrive operating system, displays ten stages of precisely defined slip permitted at the driven wheels. The new traction control configuration option gives the driver the ability to generate the ideal balance of racing-car performance and directional stability to suit the situation, the road surface condition and their personal preferences. This allows them to deliberately approach the physical limits on the track and, by reducing the extent of control system inputs (in stages), create the perfect setup for controlled drifts through dynamically taken corners.

 

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