Optional Variable Sports Steering

Optionally a new variable-ratio steering system can be specified. Variable Sports Steering provides different steering gear ratios depending on the angle of the steering wheel, so that the new BMW 3-Series responds either more directly or more softly to the driver's inputs. This reduces the number of steering wheel rotations required for bigger turns by up to 25 per cent and makes for easier, more convenient parking and turning since less effort is required from the driver. Also, the handling is sharper in general, for example when very sudden evasive action is called for. At smaller steering angles between zero and 100 degrees, on the other hand, the Sedan provides high standards of track-holding and straightline stability, and offers very precise response to steering changes. The variable-ratio steering is a purely mechanical system based on a variable-ratio steering rack.

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    Instrument cluster
    The indicator and warning lamps can light up in a variety of combinations and colors. Several of the lamps are checked for proper functioning when the engine is started or the ignition is swi ...

    Controls
    Almost all functions can be operated in the same manner as they are in the front. Special features of operating the system in the rear are described here. Audio/video playback Audio Audio can ...

    Releasing manually
    Releasing manually Press the button with the brake depressed. The LED and indicator lamp go out. Indicator lamp in Canadian models. Take the remote control with you Take the remote cont ...