Following a very lengthy and detailed announcement earlier this week, BMW stated that it was adding a new setup and M Mode functions in its performance car range, debuting first in the M8 and M8 Competition.
We believe that the new setup in the cars essentially simplify what the company offers in its performance cars. As we said, the announcement was lengthy so we’ll try our best to juice out the important bits. Starting with the new ‘Setup’ button that BMW suggests will bring up a display. And on the iDrive controller, you can select which part of your M car you want to change.
The suggestive tweaking comes for engine suspension, steering and xDrive. But what stood out and caught our eye was a rather spectacular first-ever addition – the brakes.
Yep, the Bavarian manufacturer has proposed configurable brakes on its upcoming flagship M model. However, it is too early to speculate whether it will make its way into other M-badged monikers in the stable. The new setup, as we were told, allows you to more accurately configure the responsiveness of the brakes. Mechanically, it brings together the brake activation, booster, and control functions within one module. It is 2kg lighter than the conventional setup and ships with an electric actuator to work up the pressure alongside.
BMW believes that the latter will allow the brake pressure to be “generated more dynamically” and gets “significantly faster and more precise interventions from the driving stability control system”. This system also allows for deceleration “to be geared precisely to the driver’s requirement” as well as generating “sublime” feel across all situations – including wet road surfaces, acceleration or high brake temps.
For the brakes, you get a couple of settings including, Comfort and Sport. While a lot about the Comfort mode is still unclear to us, we speculate it’s a little easy going. The Sport mode, on the other hand, comes with a “direct instantaneous response” in times you feel like you’ve overcooked your entry point.
On the more usual front, you can store your favoured engine/chassis/ brake/ steering setup in two of the M buttons on the steering wheel while the aforementioned first-ever M Mode allows for Road (driver assist on), Sport (brake and steering assists off), and Track (M8 Competition only, everything off).
Do you think this new tech is more than just what meets the eye? Let us know in the comments what you think about it!
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