BMW Upgrades Coming This Summer Include Launch Control in 8-spd Auto

by Mark Jurista on May 6, 2013, 5:06 pm
3 Series Sport Wagon All Wheel Drive

Little more than a year before the EU6 exhaust emission standard comes into effect in September 2014, BMW is increasing the number of models that already fulfil the more stringent emission regulations. As early as in the summer of 2013, almost all models featuring the BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine will comply with the EU6 classification as standard. Moreover, by the summer of 2013, further four-wheel drive variants of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 3 Series are to be added to the model range of the BMW brand. Innovative functions, which can be used in conjunction with the ECO PRO mode, guarantee even better efficiency. Enhanced driving pleasure is provided thanks to the Launch Control function, which in future will be included in the equipment range for the eight-speed sports automatic transmission. And the range of BMW ConnectedDrive options now also includes innovations that, as a result of intelligent networking, further optimise comfort, safety and the use of infotainment features inside the vehicle.

EU6 classification standard for all series.
BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology not only ensures enhanced driving pleasure coupled with reduced fuel consumption, but also offers the ideal prerequisites for optimised emission performance. As early as in the summer of 2013, numerous other petrol-driven models of the BMW brand equipped with this technology package will fulfil the EU6 exhaust emission standard that is due to come into effect as from September 2014. At the beginning of the 2014 model year, the BMW M automobiles as well as the six-cylinder versions of the BMW Z4 will also comply with the EU6 classification. At the same time, the number of diesel models, which are also equipped as standard with BMW BluePerformance and as a result also achieve the EU6 classification, is also to increase.

Intelligent four-wheel drive concept xDrive for further models of the BMW 1 Series and BMW 3 Series.
With five further models, which can be optionally equipped with BMW xDrive, BMW will also be continuing the current four-wheel drive initiative in the summer of 2013. The permanent, electronically controlled four-wheel drive technology optimises not only traction and vehicle stability in all weather and road conditions, but also driving dynamics when taking bends. This can in future also be experienced in the models BMW 118d xDrive 3-door version and the BMW 118d xDrive 5-door variant. Like the new models BMW 318d xDrive Sedan and the BMW 318d xDrive Touring, they are also powered by a 105 kW/143 hp four-cylinder diesel power unit. Furthermore, as from the summer of 2013, a new top-of-the-range diesel model for the BMW 3 Series also featuring BMW xDrive will become available. Power from the 230 kW/313 hp straight six cylinder diesel engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335d xDrive Sedan is distributed between the front and rear axles according to each specific situation. The BMW 335d xDrive Sedan comes as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

BMW M135i Launch Control

Optimum acceleration: Eight-speed sports automatic with Launch Control.
The remarkably efficient, fast and comfortably shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is now available for BMW models across all series. If desired, it will be possible in future to underscore the sporting character of the automatic transmission even more intensively. From the summer of 2013, the optional leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles will be available for the luxury sedans of the 7 Series. Using this feature, the driver can manually adjust the drive settings without having to take his/her hands off the steering wheel.

Moreover, the eight-speed sports automatic transmission available for the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 6 Series will be complemented by the new Launch Control function. This feature permits acceleration with optimised traction and maximum dynamics from a standstill – a function that was previously only available in a comparable version for BMW M automobiles. In order to use Launch Control, the driver has to activate the DTC mode of the driving stability control function DSC, shift the gear selection lever to the position S, depress the brake pedal firmly and simultaneously press the accelerator pedal all the way down. After the brake pedal has been released, the vehicle accelerates whilst avoiding drive slip, consequently making highest possible use of engine power. The acceleration process continues for as long as the driver depresses the accelerator pedal. The equipment range for the sports automatic transmission also includes shift paddles on the steering wheel, a specific gear selector switch and exceptionally dynamic gear-change characteristics that also ensure supreme driving performance during short bursts of speed.

BMW EfficientDynamics: ECO PRO Mode now with sailing function and anticipation assistant.
Thanks to new functions for the ECO PRO Mode, which can be activated via the Driving Experience Control feature, BMW is increasing the possibilities of achieving better fuel economy through intelligent energy management. From the summer of 2013, all model variants of the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series and the BMW 6 Series equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission or the eight-speed sports transmission either optionally or as standard, will feature the new sailing mode. At speeds of between 50 and 160 km/h in the ECO PRO Mode, the drive train is disconnected as soon as the driver lifts his/her foot from the accelerator pedal without applying the brakes. As a result, the vehicle is able to ‘sail’ without engine power, thereby also achieving maximum fuel efficiency. Fuel economy is now promoted even more intensively using the optional navigation system Professional. When the routing function is activated, the new anticipation assistant informs the driver of the ideal time to slow down when approaching bends and stretches of road where speed limits are in force in order to obtain better fuel efficiency. For the first time, BMW EfficientDynamics technology and BMW ConnectedDrive technology will be networked with each other within the framework of the intelligent energy management – with the effect that further fuel savings will be achieved in ECO PRO mode.

BMW ConnectedDrive: New options and enhanced functions.
Furthermore, from the summer of 2013, BMW will also set new benchmarks in intelligent networking, thanks to the consistently upgraded range of BMW ConnectedDrive features. New options and enhanced functions ensure further optimisation.

The options Driving Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus initially introduced exclusively for the BMW 7 Series will be available with a new functional structure both for the luxury sedan and further BMW models. The safety package Driving Assistant comprises the Lane Departure Warning as well as a pedestrian and collision warning with braking function. The system detects vehicles driving ahead and, at speeds of up to 60 km/h, also persons who are on a possible collision course. In an identified hazard situation, the driver is warned by means of visual and acoustic signals. In order to shorten the stopping distance, the braking system is simultaneously preconditioned. Furthermore, at speeds of up to 60 km/h an emergency braking manoeuvre with medium deceleration is also activated in order to reduce speed and draw the driver’s attention to the critical situation.

The Driving Assistant Plus provides even more comprehensive support. The system combines Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function with the Driving Assistant, ensuring above all enhanced comfort and safety in slow-moving traffic and tailbacks. At speeds of up to 210 km/h, the driver is able to delegate the Distance Control function to the system. A combination of front camera and full-range radar sensors detects all vehicles ahead, whether moving or stationary. Should the driver not react to the warning of a potential collision, the Driving Assistant Plus automatically slows the vehicle down – with maximum deceleration power if necessary.

The Lane Change Warning assistant, also available as an individual option, can be used in future from a speed of 20 km/h. The system monitors the traffic situation on the adjacent lane in the area called the dead spot and warns he driver of potential critical situations during overtaking manoeuvres.

Thanks to additional functions, the use of the optional BMW Head-Up Display is becoming even more attractive. The system, which uses the entire colour spectrum when projecting driving-related information onto the windscreen, is now being complemented by additional display information on further models. If required, telephone contact and infotainment lists are also displayed within the driver’s direct field of vision. As a result, the driver is able to use this information without having to take his/her eyes off the road.

From the summer of 2013, the new generation of the night vision system BMW Night Vision will be optionally available for all models of the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series. This system now also comprises an animal recognition function in addition to the pedestrian recognition feature and the Dynamic Light Spot on BMW 5 Series and BMW 7 Series models. The system provides a real-time video image that also depicts on the Control Display persons, animals and other objects emitting heat when they are outside of the light beam and warns in the event of an impending collision. The Dynamic Light Spot is produced by a special headlight that directs the light beam onto the recognised persons or animals respectively, thus drawing the driver’s attention to possible hazards in good time.

The range of functions for the Active Protection option has also been further upgraded. In critical situations, this safety package helps to reduce the consequences of a possible accident by applying a number of countermeasures. In such a case, the side windows and, if necessary, also the sliding roof are closed, front seatbelts tightened and the backrest of the front passenger seat brought into an upright position. Active Protection also includes an attention assistant that analyses driving behaviour and, if necessary, advises the driver to rest. The advice to take a break is provided in the form of graphic symbols shown on the Control Display.


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19 responses to BMW Upgrades Coming This Summer Include Launch Control in 8-spd Auto

m8o commented:
May 7, 2013, 2:31 pm

I'm guessing this is the 'international' release and doesn't all hold for the US? I can only assume this given talk of the 118d and 335d.

Oh, but how I hope the 335xd -does- show-up here tho. In F31 garb is a dream too far I imagine, tho I'll keep dream'n.
thegandalf commented:
May 7, 2013, 3:25 pm

Thanks for the info.. Looks like I will have a few more gadgets to choose from once I place my order. I am glad I waited for the 2014. (Of course, maybe when I see the pricing I might feel different )
cheikh82 commented:
May 7, 2013, 4:13 pm

Launch control
M_terkait commented:
May 7, 2013, 4:55 pm

Hi everybody am new member here to this forum i read most of this forums while i was waiting for my f30 to arrive i was getting interested in this forum day after day till i though and said why i shouldn't join this helpful community and be a part of it ;
i ordered my f30 335i at the end of Sept 2012 ..I'm really getting mad if i don't get this on my car my 335i f30 haven't arrived yet but it should arrive soon at mid of June as dealer told me.
HokieXDriver commented:
May 7, 2013, 5:01 pm

You ordered at the end of September 2012 and you will get it mid June of 2013? Wowzer. I thought wait times were long in the US!
M_terkait commented:
May 7, 2013, 5:39 pm

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Originally Posted by HokieXDriver View Post
You ordered at the end of September 2012 and you will get it mid June of 2013? Wowzer. I thought wait times were long in the US!
yeah the dealer told me that they need to collect all of the cars produced to our country and ship them all together and he told me that it should be April production
so am hoping that it arrives at end of May
Wagons_Rock commented:
May 7, 2013, 6:51 pm

Why do wagons feature so frequently in BMW press releases?
Here in US we are not allowed N55 in 3-series or F11 ...
The one pictured here is gorgeous.
mr29 commented:
May 7, 2013, 8:05 pm

depends on pricing

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Pappy Pipes commented:
May 7, 2013, 8:19 pm

Wondering if any -- or all -- of these features can be upgraded retroactively via software to current F30s?
Kar Don commented:
May 8, 2013, 12:52 am

launch control: Probably due to all the people complaining about the acceleration delay... BMW probably thinks this will shut them up. Typical BMW, lets add more technology to compensate for something. I wonder if the internals of the trans is going to change? More similar to the hybrid ZF 8HP70
JT///M3 commented:
May 8, 2013, 1:13 am

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Originally Posted by Wagons_Rock View Post
Why do wagons feature so frequently in BMW press releases?
Here in US we are not allowed N55 in 3-series or F11 ...
The one pictured here is gorgeous.
And then that interior and steering wheel! The current MSPort wheel is too skimpy looking for my liking. I like the fuller one here and that alcantara suede is just calling me name. WHY BMW?! WHY WON'T YOU LET THE US MARKET HAVE THIS!?!?!
rdkind62 commented:
May 8, 2013, 8:50 am

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Originally Posted by JT///M3 View Post
And then that interior and steering wheel! The current MSPort wheel is too skimpy looking for my liking. I like the fuller one here and that alcantara suede is just calling me name. WHY BMW?! WHY WON'T YOU LET THE US MARKET HAVE THIS!?!?!
I was just talking to my SA the other day about the possibility of them including Alcantara in the upcoming 435i and he kind of laughed and said no way they are going to do that again. As if there were issues with it when they did use it. I never saw a vehicle with it in it, so I'm not sure what could have been wrong with it, but I sure liked the look.
m8o commented:
May 8, 2013, 10:29 am

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Originally Posted by Kar Don View Post
launch control: Probably due to all the people complaining about the acceleration delay... BMW probably thinks this will shut them up. Typical BMW, lets add more technology to compensate for something. I wonder if the internals of the trans is going to change? More similar to the hybrid ZF 8HP70
But that begs the question, is "launch control" something any mature driver is going to be using on his/her commute? I think it's pretty "track/racing" oriented.

Consider this. When using the car as a a daily driver to commute to work for example, and I need to make a left by "shooting a hole" in traffic, I'm not going to want to have to go thru the steps to activate launch control just to safely be able to make that left and not be plagued by a scary delay in movement of the go peddle, throwing off my otherwise accurate timing in shooting the hole in traffic.
dtc100 commented:
May 8, 2013, 10:52 am

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Originally Posted by m8o View Post
But that begs the question, is "launch control" something any mature driver is going to be using on his/her commute? I think it's pretty "track/racing" oriented.

Consider this. When using the car as a a daily driver to commute to work for example, and I need to make a left by "shooting a hole" in traffic, I'm not going to want to have to go thru the steps to activate launch control just to safely be able to make that left and not be plagued by a scary delay in movement of the go peddle, throwing off my otherwise accurate timing in shooting the hole in traffic.
Launch control is definitely NOT designed for zipping around in traffic.
Saintor commented:
May 8, 2013, 11:05 am



I'd love clothing like this here.
jlukja commented:
May 8, 2013, 11:22 am

^^
408Racer commented:
May 8, 2013, 12:30 pm

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Originally Posted by m8o View Post
But that begs the question, is "launch control" something any mature driver is going to be using on his/her commute? I think it's pretty "track/racing" oriented.
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Originally Posted by dtc100 View Post
Launch control is definitely NOT designed for zipping around in traffic.
The masterful coordination of my legs and arms is all the launch control I need.

Launch control helps ensure that you turn in your car with fresh rubber at the end of the lease.
408Racer commented:
May 8, 2013, 12:32 pm

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Originally Posted by Saintor View Post
I'd love clothing like this here.
Fish net stockings.
Pappy Pipes commented:
May 8, 2013, 1:07 pm

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Originally Posted by 408Racer View Post
Fish net stockings.
LOL
And I adore the M Sport steering wheel!