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6 Series
The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 06-27-2013, 07:15 AM
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M/S Shift Mode

I have question for you guys. on 2008 and up models the new gear switch handle, if you slap it to the left it says m/s. when i switch it it shos for example "s3" but when i downshift it or upshift it, it automatically turns in "m4" from S to M. THe only way to keep it in S mode is if i swtich the stick to the left and not touch anything the gears roll in "S" mode is that correct? Also, if i am driving in regular "Drive" and downshift with steering buttons, it turns into "M"is it the same as moving the stick to the left and doing it manually?

What mode should I be in to get the fastest accelaration from the start or while driving? Also, does the sport button help accelarate or it just tightens the suspension?
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:51 AM
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M/S Shift Mode

The sport button increases the pedal sensitivity giving you faster acceleration.


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Old 06-27-2013, 12:06 PM
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Sounds good. Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:51 PM
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M/S Shift Mode

The S mode will also shift at the optimal points for acceleration. This, that and Sport mode will give you the fastest experience.


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Old 06-28-2013, 04:18 AM
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Sports mode also adjusts the feel of the steering and sets the transmission for faster shifts and also holding gears longer!!!!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:04 AM
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I got ya thanks guys. BTW I see you live in Ft. Lauderdale...great place to have BMW like that. I go there alot and you can actually speed a little on route 1 and 95............not like ehre in DC, where you get 3-4 month of nice weather and traffic 365days a year
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:10 AM
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Hmm I'm glad I stumbled onto this tread, never realized that the transmission had an S mode haha. Made me curious so I pulled up the owner's manual. Shifting into S puts just the transmission into "Sport Program", so it'll downshift more eagerly and hold lower gears longer while still being a full automatic (I think it makes the shifts faster and more firm as well). Operating the paddles or shifter will put it into manual mode, so you'll have to row your own gears instead of letting the car decide. The "Sport" mode (pressing the sport button) holds gears and uses more of the RPM range, speeds up the gear shifts, makes the throttle more sensitive, makes the steering sportier (whatever that means lol), and locks out 6th gear.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:36 AM
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Thanks thats helpful. so if you wanna take someone from the line...would you rather press the sports button and put it into sports mode so it will automaticalls swith, or use manual shifter and control the RPM's yourself?
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:49 AM
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Put the car into sport mode is all you need. I'm not sure if putting the transmission into S makes it any faster when sport mode is activated, it probably wouldn't hurt though. In a straight line, I find that the car's auto shift points are better than mine since it's inherently an automatic with good sports programming.

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:28 AM
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yeah that makes scense i guess....cool thanks
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:02 PM
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All of these threads about how to manipulate the different settings on the automatic transmissions remind me how happy I am to have a manual six-speed. Nothng better than a clutch and stick-shift in one of these cars!
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:24 PM
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All of these threads about how to manipulate the different settings on the automatic transmissions remind me how happy I am to have a manual six-speed. Nothng better than a clutch and stick-shift in one of these cars!
Show off!
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:10 PM
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Maybe a little. I looked for a six speed convertible for a while and am so happy that I waited.
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:38 PM
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I dont know how you drive 6 speed in DC area traffic.....I love stickshift but always afraid to get one....would have to be a weekend car only.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:25 AM
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It isn't too bad. My commute is up and down Rt. 95 and I leave at times when traffic is manageable. I have an old Nissan Pathfinder that I drive when it looks really bad on the roads or the weather stinks.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:59 AM
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Yeah makes scense....I have 07' grand cherokee....cause RWD BMW is def not a winter car or its not fun to drive when the weather is bad or traffic. I take 495 everyday from MD to Tysons so its ok in morning but traffic jam on way back...I think if you have a 6 series you should def have a 2nd car.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:04 AM
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Yeah makes scense....I have 07' grand cherokee....cause RWD BMW is def not a winter car or its not fun to drive when the weather is bad or traffic. I take 495 everyday from MD to Tysons so its ok in morning but traffic jam on way back...I think if you have a 6 series you should def have a 2nd car.
MD to Tysons - I feel your pain. Traffic here gets worse every year. I also agree that, if you have a 650 here, you need a second car.
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