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M3 Sedan - E90 (2007 - ...) - Driving Style

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Electronic Damper Control recognising the driver’s style of motoring.
As an option the dampers on the new BMW M3 may be fitted with EDC Electronic Damper Control with electrohydraulic adjustment of damper forces not only optimising vertical vibration behaviour when driving fast and dynamically, but also significantly reducing any squat and dive motion when accelerating and applying the brakes. The response of all dynamic driving systems is carefully tailored to the supreme power and performance of the new BMW M3, with electronic intervention of the various systems naturally taking the outstanding dynamism of the car into account. Indeed, the driver even has the option to individually configure specific parameters, thus adjusting the response of the car to his personal preferences. One example is that the driver can completely deactivate Dynamic Stability Control simply by pressing a button in the centre console. Clearly, this allows the particularly ambitious driver to push the new BMW M3 with its incredible dynamic potential all the way to the extreme limit, giving the experienced driver the opportunity on the race track to enjoy dynamic bends, the very best in driving dynamics, and unique performance all the way. Yet a further option is to adjust the operation of Electronic Damper Control to the driver’s individual preferences, giving him the three driving modes Normal, Comfort and Sports chosen just as conveniently simply by pressing a button on the centre console. In its general setting EDC on the new BMW M3 is of course sporting and dynamic from the start, befitting a car of this calibre – meaning that this setting is maintained also in the Sports mode. But should the driver not wish to enjoy a particularly dynamic damper setting in specific situations, he is able to switch over to either the Normal or the Comfort mode. In these two modes the dampers act and respond in an adaptive process adjusting quickly and sensitively to any change in the driver’s style of motoring. As soon as higher steering angle speeds indicate, for example, that the driver is switching over to a more dynamic style on winding roads, damper force is increased automatically, EDC adopting a damper control map like the Sports mode, regardless of the setting currently chosen. Given these qualities, EDC perfectly supports a spontaneous changeover from more comfortable cruising to a sporting and more active style of motoring, the intelligent management of the car’s damper systems reflecting the all-round character of the BMW M3 Saloon prepared at all times for sporting performance of the highest standard.

MDrive button for the ambitious, sports-minded driver.
On the new BMW M3 Saloon the iDrive control system can be enhanced to an even higher level by adding the very special MDrive function. This gives the driver the option to choose his personalised setting for all dynamic driving systems open to individual configuration, thus benefiting from perfect set-up of the car tailored to his preferences. This customised configuration of the new BMW M3 Saloon is automatically saved within the system and can be called up immediately at any time simply by pressing the MDrive button on the multifunction steering wheel – regardless of the system settings previously chosen. This allows the driver to enjoy the versatile character of his car with all its features and facets, changing to his own, very personal set-up of the BMW M3 Saloon simply at the touch of a button. And as an exclusive feature available only through MDrive, the driver can choose the Sports Plus engine map, the M Dynamic DSC mode, as well as the Sports Servotronic control map. No less than three control maps are available via the M Drive system for controlling the engine with maximum efficiency. These control maps act not only on the position of the throttle butterflies in the intake manifold, but also on other parameters noticeably changing engine response and behaviour.


Torsion-proof bodyshell as the basis for superior occupant safety.
The torsion-proof body structure as well restraint and safety systems activated electronically according to individual requirements ensure a high standard of passive safety and complete, all-round occupant protection in the new BMW M3 Saloon. Together with exactly defined deformation zones, the use of high-strength steel for the extra-large bearer arms guarantees smooth and direct transmission of forces in a collision and, respectively, optimum absorption of loads acting on the car. The space available for deformation is also used in full to avoid any damage to the passenger cell and keep damage to the body itself to a minimum even in a severe collision. The electronic restraint systems in the new BMW M3 Saloon are perfectly tailored to the ultra-strong structure of the body. No less than six airbags as well as the belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters are activated by the car’s central safety electronics as a function of the type and severity of a collision. Sensors in the centre of the car, in the B-pillars and in the doors “tell” the safety electronics which component will offer the occupants optimum protection, with only the restraint systems really required being activated in the event of a collision.
The driver and front passenger are protected by frontal airbags and hip thorax airbags housed in the seat backrests. These four airbags are activated in two stages, depending on the severity of the impact. Through its size alone, the curtain head airbag protects the car’s occupants on both the front and the outer rear seats. And the risk of leg injury in a head- on collision, finally, is reduced on the driver’s side by defined deformation of the footrest.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:37  

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