The most dynamic and comfortable way to save: the 8-speed Steptronic transmission not only ensures incredibly soft changes and reduces background noise at high speeds, it also significantly reduces fuel consumption. The transmission can be combined with all engines. Gear changes with the new 8-speed Steptronic transmission are swift and comfortable. The individual gears are finely graduated so that the change takes place with small rev intervals and the transmission process itself goes unnoticed. At the same time, the engine is always held at the performance level at which it can optimally use its strength and efficiency. It is assisted here by the newly developed and more efficient converter clutch. At high speeds, the additional gears reduce the number of revolutions, thus reducing fuel consumption and engine noise. Thanks to the 8-speed Steptronic transmission from BMW EfficientDynamics, it is now possible to actively boost performance in vehicles with the new Predictive Drive Train via the Driving Experience Control. In the Sport mode, the transmission management uses data from the navigation system to deliver a level of responsiveness that is even more dynamic and spontaneous based on route characteristics. As suggested by its name, the Comfort mode offers a comfort-oriented shift programme with fewer shifts. BMW supplies the optional 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission for an even more agile sensation of gear-changing and driving. In addition to faster gear changes, this additionally contains two paddle switches on the steering wheel and a shortened gear change lever, which makes an even more sporting style of driving possible. Launch Control provides extra dynamics: this motor sport-inspired function controls the start-up revs and enables maximum acceleration from standstill.