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Old 09-02-2009, 03:06 PM
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Launch control

So anyone know anything about launch control yet? Ever had a car with launch control? Is it only for Automatic cars or SMG variants as well?

Or is launch control, good ole fashioned, Hold the brake, depress the accelerator, load up the turbo's and release?

Or is there more to it?
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:48 PM
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many youtube videos for BMW launch control.
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Old 09-02-2009, 04:35 PM
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Just checked out a few.. They all seem to be related to the SMG trans..
Do the new XM vehicles have launch control? They are automatic transmissions.
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Xoutpost.com - View Single Post - Official X5 ///M Press Release and Pics(updated post 51)

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Old 09-02-2009, 06:39 PM
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I believe Launch control does not work till break-in period is over at 1250 miles.
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'Launch control to Major Tom, Launch control to Major Tom:
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Launch control to Major Tom: Commencing countdown engine's on
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Launch control to Major Tom:
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Launch Control? - Video

Agent Palbay posted these videos last year...video 1 looks like the driver was testing out launch control... ...

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I'm laughing at the bell soundtrack in clip 1...gives the impression that there's a new sheriff in town

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There are different launch controls for different cars. I mean the M5 LC differs from the new E class AMG. I only used LC on the M5 about 5times. Its a really cool feeling but takes some time to set up. I mean, if you reach a red light and want to race a guy that just pulled up, before you turn off dcs, change shifts to s6, push the m button, etc, the lights would have turned green and the guy would been long gone;-)
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^^ I agree. I read somewhere that the informal testing of launch control yielded just 1/10th of a second improvement to 60mph over standard brake/gas/sport mode.

If that is true, there isn't really a valid case for LC

I have a GTech that I'll try out after break in to validate that.
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