F30 3 Series 'Sport+' Driving Mode - What cars do and do not have it

by Tim Jones on August 15, 2012, 11:44 am
F30 3 series driver experience switch

The F30 3 Series driver experience button can have either three or four modes, which cars have three and which have four has been a source of confusion for F30 owners. To start all F30s will have Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport. Why some F30s have a forth mode, Sport + while others do not is outlined in BMW technical F30 documents. F30 3 series get Sport + Driver experience mode with one or more of the following options -
  • Sport Automatic Transmission (2TB)
  • Variable sport steering (2VL)
  • Adaptive M Sport suspension (2VL)
  • Sport Line

This information is from a 2012 document so there is no mention of M sport but I would assume that M sport also gives you Sport +. This should clear up the confusion about which cars have Sport + and why.

What does Sport + driver mode gives you? Surprisingly little. It allows you to turn off Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and turn on Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). That's it, no other changes. So if you don't have Sport + as a driving mode you're not missing much. From my driving experiences with the Bimmerfest Project 328i I found DTC to be almost as invasive as DSC. Both systems pull back wheel spin and don't let you get sideways.

Does anyone have an M Sport without any of the options listed above and can confirm they have Sport + as a driver mode?


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3 responses to F30 3 Series 'Sport+' Driving Mode - What cars do and do not have it

Cobalt0341 commented:
August 15, 2012, 1:44 pm

I drove a 2012 F30 335i at the drive for Team USA event. It had Sport +, I know this because I threw it on and kicked the ass end of the car out pulling out of the dealership lot.

They LOVED that.

For the record I am a very good driver and have taken advanced driving courses, so I was not being reckless, just showing off.
Damon44 commented:
November 17, 2014, 11:13 am

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Originally Posted by Cobalt0341 View Post
I drove a 2012 F30 335i at the drive for Team USA event. It had Sport +, I know this because I threw it on and kicked the ass end of the car out pulling out of the dealership lot.

They LOVED that.

For the record I am a very good driver and have taken advanced driving courses, so I was not being reckless, just showing off.
Palpitated a few coronaries Ill bet. Fun of course.
elistan commented:
November 17, 2014, 12:26 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
What does Sport + driver mode gives you? Surprisingly little. It allows you to turn off Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and turn on Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). That's it, no other changes.
Once slight correction, if I may - in a car equipped with the sport automatic transmission option, turning on Sport+ while in M/S manual mode will disable both kickdown and automatic upshifts. So that's two differences between Sport and Sport+. I don't know of any others.