If you want to be even sportier in everyday life or need to tease out the last fraction of a second on the racetrack, the BMW M Setup offers the perfect solution. With the possibilities for individual adjustment of steering, engine curve, dampers and transmission it provides, BMW M drivers can discover a whole new dimension in driving performance.

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How to use M Setup


  • 017-speed M DCT with Drivelogic
  • 02Engine characteristics
  • 03Damper Control
  • 04Steering characteristics
  • 05M Dynamic Mode


In the BMW M4 cockpit there are five or six control buttons to the left of the gearstick, depending on the equipment specification. The 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, for example, offers various adjustment options. It enables the M driver to change gears quickly without the vehicle losing traction. It also offers sporty and comfortable gearshifts that support perfect acceleration and a dynamic driving experience. The Drivelogic button allows the driver to set the speed of the gear changes and when they take place.

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The ability to change the engine characteristics makes the setup switch a magic button.


The driver can change the engine characteristics as part of the BMW M Setup by selecting one of the preset modes: Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus. Efficient, the default setting, is the most economical, and Sport Plus is the most extreme of the three. In both Sport modes the exhaust flaps widen and the engine sound becomes much more intense, creating an exhilarating natural soundtrack when accelerating.

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The BMW M Setup can be used to vary the damper setting, with three modes to choose from: Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. With it the hardness of the dampers is electronically regulated; the car becomes more agile through corners when Sport and Sport Plus have been selected, and the suspension becomes noticeably firmer.

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The Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes are als available when adjusting the steering. The most striking difference between them is that Sport and Sport Plus modes add significant weight to the M Servotronic steering than Comfort, making the driving experience even more direct. In Comfort, steering is lighter and more relaxed – fantastic for longer journeys.

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BMW M4 Coupé


Whichever mode the driver selects is displayed in the instrument cluster. When the more ambitious, sportier driver has configured their perfect combination of settings, this can be saved for later use. The driver’s individual profile is created in the iDrive system by holding down the red M1 or M2 button on the multifunction steering wheel for a few seconds until an acoustic feedback confirms that the settings have been saved. The stored profile can then be selected via the M1 and M2 buttons. With just one press, the M driver can instantly access his preferred performance setup.

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Another way to boost driving pleasure option is with the M Dynamic Mode (MDM). This gives the vehicle higher lateral dynamics and lateral acceleration for controlled drifting. However, if the car begins to turn too far, the DSC will switch back on, power to the engine is reduced and braking pulses are activated via the vehicles sensors.

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The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) button selects several different modes. If the button is pressed once, the vehicle changes to M Dynamic Mode (MDM) and the DSC is not completely switched off yet. Only when the DSC button is pressed for four seconds will the DSC be completely disabled for pure and unfiltered driving pleasure comes. Of course, this means that the driver deliberately foregoes any help from the car’s active assistance systems.

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Who is who.

Stefan Landmann, BMW Driving Experience Instruktor

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 M4 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.1 (8.3)
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 209 (194)
The figures in brackets refer to the vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany, or under

The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for the purposes of comparison between different vehicle types. CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.

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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.

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