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Got my M running nice, but for the life of me I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to light up from a dead stop quick. You probably know how it goes, a Mustang or some other “sports” car comes up beside you and wants to try, but when I take off, they leave me till the rpms get up. I always pull ahead about the time I hit 2nd, but that lag is killing me.

I’m used to a 3 pedal with the ability to get the rpms up, but I’m sucking with this SMG tranny....any tips on improving my “show off ness” to get the car to light up or am I doomed to always play catch-up and just rely on the high revs to pull ahead.

I feel like I’m letting the M5/M6 community down every time it happens ☹☹☹
 

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Got my M running nice, but for the life of me I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to light up from a dead stop quick. You probably know how it goes, a Mustang or some other “sports” car comes up beside you and wants to try, but when I take off, they leave me till the rpms get up. I always pull ahead about the time I hit 2nd, but that lag is killing me.

I’m used to a 3 pedal with the ability to get the rpms up, but I’m sucking with this SMG tranny....any tips on improving my “show off ness” to get the car to light up or am I doomed to always play catch-up and just rely on the high revs to pull ahead.

I feel like I’m letting the M5/M6 community down every time it happens
Remap it v10 suffers from very low power in low rpms

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You're turning off DSC right...?! Also isnt there a launch mode for SMG? (I'm a 6speed so I'm unsure)
 

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You're turning off DSC right...?! Also isnt there a launch mode for SMG? (I'm a 6speed so I'm unsure)
Man I wish it had a 3 pedal, I would fell like I knew what I was doing then. I just can’t get the feel for this SMG for some reason...it almost like it bogs down as the clutch engages or something. Maybe I need to do the clutch adaptation, but gotta do some more research I guess.

Very frustrating as I’m the only M6 in my area so I’m constantly tested. I feel like it must be my fault as the car pulls awesome once the rpms get up. Maybe the launch control is the answer and I just need to experiment a bit till I get good at it. Hopefully we won’t see me in a YouTube video getting beat off the line before I can get the hang of it, lol

I just wish there was another M in my area (middle TN) that drives the car as it should be that I could learn from or at least know how hard I could push it
 

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You're turning off DSC right...?! Also isnt there a launch mode for SMG? (I'm a 6speed so I'm unsure)
Man I wish it had a 3 pedal, I would fell like I knew what I was doing then. I just can’t get the feel for this SMG for some reason...it almost like it bogs down as the clutch engages or something. Maybe I need to do the clutch adaptation, but gotta do some more research I guess.

Very frustrating as I’m the only M6 in my area so I’m constantly tested. I feel like it must be my fault as the car pulls awesome once the rpms get up. Maybe the launch control is the answer and I just need to experiment a bit till I get good at it. Hopefully we won’t see me in a YouTube video getting beat off the line before I can get the hang of it, lol

I just wish there was another M in my area (middle TN) that drives the car as it should be that I could learn from or at least know how hard I could push it
Sell it and buy 6speed lol. No but I just think you need to adjust to SMG and get to really learn it.
 

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Man I wish it had a 3 pedal, I would fell like I knew what I was doing then. I just can’t get the feel for this SMG for some reason...it almost like it bogs down as the clutch engages or something. Maybe I need to do the clutch adaptation, but gotta do some more research I guess.

Very frustrating as I’m the only M6 in my area so I’m constantly tested. I feel like it must be my fault as the car pulls awesome once the rpms get up. Maybe the launch control is the answer and I just need to experiment a bit till I get good at it. Hopefully we won’t see me in a YouTube video getting beat off the line before I can get the hang of it, lol

I just wish there was another M in my area (middle TN) that drives the car as it should be that I could learn from or at least know how hard I could push it
Trust me once you get the hang of it you'll love it I'm not a big fan of launching as it puts stress on clutch etc you'll just burn tires till 2nd/3rd
I had the exact same issue as your having when first bought the m5
But previously owning e46 m3 etc I kind of expected it...
Just keep trying you'll get it perfect then you won't be slow of the line you won't see the line lol

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yes there is launch mode for SMG’s. YouTube it, it is very helpful off the line
I’ve watched a few videos on the web, but I don’t really want it to break the tires free, just want it to light up and pull like it seems like it wants to at the higher rpms.

It’s sad, but I feel like a 15 year old learning to show out, but I’m pushing 50 and still have that nubie feeling every time I’m challenged in this car. Maybe I’m the only one out there, but it’s dragging me down after several months of trying.
 

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I’ve watched a few videos on the web, but I don’t really want it to break the tires free, just want it to light up and pull like it seems like it wants to at the higher rpms.

It’s sad, but I feel like a 15 year old learning to show out, but I’m pushing 50 and still have that nubie feeling every time I’m challenged in this car. Maybe I’m the only one out there, but it’s dragging me down after several months of trying.
Well if your 50 and still racing I give it to you my friend keep up the good work

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US launch mode is good for burnouts but nothing more. Euro launch is the opposite, ie it reaaaally stresses the clutch to get the max acceleration. It then locks out for 50 miles or so. Afaik there is no in between mode which may be what you want...
 

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Well if your 50 and still racing I give it to you my friend keep up the good work

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Lol ! Yea, I never thought I would make it past 35 years old so the past 15 years have really been a freebie for me, lol. My motto has been life life to the fullest for the past years for sure. I’m the 50 year old you’ll see on the side of the road being tazed by the cops for insubordination for illegal exhaust cutouts and “failure to comply”, lol 😜😜😜😜
 

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Lol ! Yea, I never thought I would make it past 35 years old so the past 15 years have really been a freebie for me, lol. My motto has been life life to the fullest for the past years for sure. I’m the 50 year old you’ll see on the side of the road being tazed by the cops for insubordination for illegal exhaust cutouts and “failure to comply”, lol
Omg if I be as half a crazy as you at 50 I'll be proud of myself only 27 yet lol I always see myself at 50 in a svr or a x5m not a m5 haha

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I know exactly where you're coming from. I've always been 3 pedal until I got my M6. Euro launch mode is definitely where it's at if you want it to be easy. I honestly never had much issues with the US spec launch though. In my opinion it launches from a good rev range for that engine the issue is that you can't just mat it and hold on you actually have to work the throttle to get the tires to hook. Most e6x M owners don't have any experience with that. Their daily is usually some SUV and their racing experience ends at trying to be the first dad to soccer practice on a Saturday morning. Once you get good with getting in LC and working the throttle in to get hooked up you won't have any issues getting going.

Alternatively you can also double tap the throttle to get the car to dump the clutch out by effectively out pacing the clutch engagement sequence. But timing is much harder if you're trying to line up with someone. Really good for initiating a burnout though.

Of course there is one ultimate thing you have to remember. These cars were not built to be fast off the line. They are built to accelerate consistently to 200MPH. If you really want to eat some people up get them out on the highway. Our cars are rarely beat from 70 to 150MPH.
 

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You did read the owners manual right ? Pretty detailed instructions .. or YouTube


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I have euro spec car and launch control is one way so a tune with euro lc is one answer. It gets a lot of wheel spin but still gets a good launch.

The other way is as follows:

Put it in m mode set to:
Dsc off (or try m dynamic if you like)
P500sport
S6

On the line when it's go time give the accelerator a quick stab, then really punch it to the floor as hard/fast as you can.

The first stab will bring the revs up a little and the second mash will really get it launching. Get ready to modulate the throttle in first (if you don't you'll just end up in an epic burnout till you hit the rev limiter), so modulate the throttle a little to tame the wheel spin, grab second when the wheelspin settles down and revs get up over 7,000. After second it's just hang on and shift between 7500-8000.

It works nicely for me. 🙂
 

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Just stab the throttle when you leave with good tire under it if you want to leave hard. With drag radials the Euro SMG LC tune at 4500 rpm will still fall on its face- even with lots of power. Frustrating.
 

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Just stab the throttle when you leave with good tire under it if you want to leave hard. With drag radials the Euro SMG LC tune at 4500 rpm will still fall on its face- even with lots of power. Frustrating.
Interesting. Bet it's due to some clutch protection mechanism kicking-in as clutch slips a lot more with euro LC and drag tires.
 
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