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Notice the SMG transmission.

In white with the top down, it screams "chick car." Looks good with the top up.
 

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now the question is - will the 2009 M5 have the new DCT trans and a small bump in HP? Gustav please let us know if you know or if anyone knows
 

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I think those side mirrors are fugly :(
 

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Thanks for the nice pics!
 

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Looks good, for the convertible. I think that Alpine White with Novilo Fox Red or Black leather it would be much more macho'. :thumbsup:
 

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nice and gustav its DCG not DSG !!
 

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Correct!

Sounds very nice:

The “heart” of the new M double-clutch
transmission in technical terms is formed by the two oil-cooled wet clutches. One of the two clutches is for the even (2, 4, 6), the other for the uneven (1, 3, 5, 7) gears and, in addition, for the reverse gear. While driving, one of the two clutches is always closed, the other is open.


When accelerating – and when shifting down – the clutches are activated
in an alternating process, one after the other. When shifting gears, therefore, the first clutch opens just as the second clutch is closing. This ensures an absolutely smooth and comfortable and at the same time an incomparably fast gearshift without the slightest interruption in the flow of power. This interaction of two clutches ensures an unparalleled rate of gear change in particular because the transmission control unit pre-selects the next gear with the transmission ratio matched ideally to engine and road speed and keeps this gear waiting for immediate operation. So if the BMW 3 Series is accelerating, say, in third gear, an immediate flow of power is ensured by the appropriate clutch and the gearbox component controlling the uneven gears. While all this is happening, the gearbox segment responsible for the even gears shifts to the gear required, in this case to fourth gear. The only operation required for this purpose is to close the clutch for fourth gear, at the same time opening the clutch for third gear, the power of the engine then being transmitted through the new gear with its different ratio to the wheels.

This is also good, selectable choice of shiftlights, not only in the HUD as on the BMW M5 and M6.

"A further point is that the driver is able to configure the individual operation of the Shift Lights via the MDrive button and, if he wishes, deactivate their operation in the instrument cluster."

Quite cumbersome launch control as well , my guess is that USA will get the full LC version this time.

Then, as soon as the starter flag symbol comes on in the instrument cluster, the driver just presses down the gas pedal to automatically obtain the ideal starting speed on the engine. Pressing down the brake pedal lightly with his left foot, in turn, the driver can prevent the car from rolling forward, and by briefly tipping the cruise control lever he is able to finely adjust the desired starter speed.

This was also good, you do not have to "double click" or triple click":

"Pulling the paddle or tipping the gearshift lever only once therefore makes the transmission shift down either one or several gears, whatever is appropriate. The electronic control unit in command of the M double-clutch transmission automatically changes the gear currently in mesh to give the car optimum acceleration under its current driving conditions and at the speed at which it is travelling."

Also interesting feature, I beleive th BMW M5 lacks this?


"...or optimum conditions when driving at particularly low speeds – for example when manoeuvring below 5 km/h – the M double-clutch transmission features a Low Speed Assistant. This function already well known from the automatic transmission serves to significantly increase driving and control comfort, for example when parking, and is activated by briefly tipping the gas pedal."


nice and gustav its DCG not DSG !!
 
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