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Old 13th December 2005, 16:48   #1
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Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

I emailed BMWNA a couple days ago asking them why we did not have L.C. and this was their response:

"Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC regarding your new M5. Congratulations on your recent BMW purchase! We are glad to hear you are enjoying your M5.

Due to certain regulations in the United States the launch control feature is not available on United States specification vehicles. It is possible the literature provided by your authorized BMW center contained information regarding both European and United States specification models. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

If you have any further questions, please respond to this e-mail or contact the Customer Relations and Services Department at 1-800-831-1117, Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., Eastern Standard Time. Again, thank you for contacting BMW. "

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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

It is available... This was not a 100% knowledgable person who replied to this abviously. The "problem" is the max rev allowed at laucnh control.
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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

Launch Control, smaunch control! I really don't care about it. Most of my driving enjoyment is the skill of doing it myself. If I wanted a totally automated system, I'd visit the video arcade.
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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

Its not about being in a video game arcade. It is about not being able to get as good a launch without an optimized LC as you could with a manual car. A lot of us would have waited for the manual if we would have known this.
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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

I would love to have them cite "the certain regulations in the United States" that require them to cripple LC (low launch rpm and no auto shift) simultaneously allow them to sell a a 500hp 155mph car that can still smoke the tires but is prevented from performing an optimal start. I will certainly follow up on this.

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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

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I would love to have them cite "the certain regulations in the United States" that require them to cripple LC (low launch rpm and no auto shift) simultaneously allow them to sell a a 500hp 155mph car that can still smoke the tires but is prevented from performing an optimal start. I will certainly follow up on this.

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I asked them to cite the certain U.S. regulations in my response back to them

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Old 13th December 2005, 17:20   #7
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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

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Most of my driving enjoyment is the skill of doing it myself. If I wanted a totally automated system, I'd visit the video arcade.
So exactly what prodigious types and levels of driving skill do you employ to get an optimized launch in your M5? Enquiring minds want to know as I am obviously among the lesser-able here without a clue how to consistently replicate the launch capabilities of the European M5 with the US-crippled LC.

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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

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So exactly what prodigious types and levels of driving skill do you employ to get an optimized launch in your M5? Enquiring minds want to know as I am obviously among the lesser-able here without a clue how to consistently replicate the launch capabilities of the European M5 with the US-crippled LC.

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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

i wonder if BMW got smart and wont allow euro SMG software to be downloaded unlike the current E46 M3 SMG tranny....

I know quite a few members that have gotten Euro software and raised their SMG launch control revs.
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Re: Response back from BMWNA re: Launch Control

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I would love to have them cite "the certain regulations in the United States" that require them to cripple LC (low launch rpm and no auto shift) simultaneously allow them to sell a a 500hp 155mph car that can still smoke the tires but is prevented from performing an optimal start. I will certainly follow up on this.

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Here is BMWNA's response when I asked them what the regulations were:

"Thank you for your response. I apologize for the confusion. The launch control feature is designed for racing. The BMW of North America warranty excludes damage caused by racing. I hope this fully addresses your inquiry."

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