The latest control system comprises of new settings and preferences under the 'Setup' button and a new driver-centric 'M Mode.'
BMW's M division has unveiled a new display and control system for the future M models. Touted as a 'more tailored M driving experience', the new system will make its debut in the upcoming BMW M8 and M8 convertible. The M8 will also get a more tricked out 'Competition' version, which will also feature the same technology and will also be available in both Coupe and Convertible body styles.
The new display and control system will allow drivers to configure powertrain, chassis and driver-assistance systems using a single 'Setup' button. The Setup button, for the first time, will also allow toggle and selection of multiple braking system settings. To set preferences for the displays and driver assistance programs, a new, one-touch 'M Mode' has been introduced. The functionality of both the buttons has been explained below.
The Setup button will let the driver choose from three engine settings, namely Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus and three chassis settings, which are Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. While the engine modes take care of aspects such as throttle response and levels of traction control intervention, the chassis modes define handling characteristics through damper settings. The Comfort and Sport modes also allow the M-specific steering and the new braking system settings to be altered as well. The new braking system in question here offers the driver with two pedal feel settings - in Comfort mode, the driver can opt for a comfort-oriented perception of the braking process or in Sport mode, he/she can go for a particularly direct, instantaneous response from the pedal.
Coming to the new 'M Mode' button, it can be used to alter and save driver preferences for the car's screens (including the Head-Up Display) and driver-assistance programs. Through the M Mode, the driver can choose between Road and Sport modes. The M8 Competition, however, will offer a third 'Track Mode'.
Expect the new BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible to make their commercial debut sometime in the third quarter of 2019, which will be followed by the Competition versions and later, by the recently-teased M8 Gran Coupe.