There are a lot of questionable automotive apps that people put on their smartphones these days, but BMW has created what could be one of the most useful and integrated car apps ever. The new M Power App, which will be available this summer only for Apple iPhones, allows BMW owners a whole new way to record their performance on the street or on a track. During the launch of the recent BMW M6 Gran Coupe, BimmerPost was able to get a full demonstration of how this new app works.

Far more involved than the current M Power Meter, the M Power App records data from in-car sensors and acts as a telemetry tool to allow drivers to see how they did on a particular track. Aside from an overlay on a track map showing acceleration and braking applications as well as head-to-head comparisons, the app also shows a line graph of everything from brake and throttle inputs to g-force, fuel mileage and engine speed. A small visual on the screen also shows steering angle, and lap times and speeds can all be stored as well. The data can even be shared with others, whether for bragging rights or instruction purposes.

This app works on any newer BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option, but the phone must be tethered to the car and the data understandably cannot be viewed while driving. Scroll down for the video demonstration recorded recently at Austin's Circuit of the Americas.


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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if the app will tell you how much better your car would perform if it were a real M instead of a base model or 'M Sport'.
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        BryNum
        • 1 Year Ago
        If anyone races their vehicle on the track and expects any manufacturer to cover items under warranty should go to jail. I see boy racers trying to mod their vehicles and damage their cars and expects it to be covered under warranty. All those folks go to hell!
          John Hughan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BryNum
          People who MOD their cars and experience caused by the mod (e.g. very aggressive engine tune damaging the engine) and then return it to stock and take it to the dealer expecting warranty coverage should absolutely go to jail because that would be fraud. But if the mod can't realistically have caused the issue, warranty coverage has to apply by law. And track driving isn't abuse of the car (just intense use in the hands of a skilled driver) and therefore by itself isn't grounds for voiding a warranty.
        John Hughan
        • 1 Year Ago
        Actually, BMW does NOT void your warranty for driving on a track; they may however void certain elements of the Ultimate Service free maintenance program (like brake pads/rotors) because it's not intended to cover track-level wear and tear. I don't really understand why you'd assume BMW would void a warranty for driving a car on a track; it's not abuse. Now voiding your INSURANCE on the other hand is another story. And BryNum, not everything that happens on a track is a race. HPDEs are non-timed, non-competitive events with instructors and classroom sessions. That distinction can still matter to some insurance carriers, and believe it or not, it dramatically changes the driving style of the participants.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a bad app. Using this, the posers driving their 4 cylinder bloatwagon on I-95 can feel good about themselves.
      uberfallz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've used the previous M power apps before on 3 different phones..They are not consistent.
      Shahul X
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda cool I guess... but definetly not enough to make me want a current gen BMW anything..
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah BMW, thats what its for ;)
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I could see this being used against BMW drivers by highway patrol.
      Blake Grady
      • 1 Year Ago
      No android version.. really?
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