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post #1 of 38 Old 08-25-2015, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Miniís launch control secrets decoded

We íve been a little down on the new automatic gearbox in the JCW (and Cooper S) recently. While itís a huge improvement over the previous automatics in MINIs, it delivers less driver engagement as compared to the manual. That doesnít mean itís not fast of course. In fact if you want the fastest MINI possible, youíll want to check the automatic box on the order form. However getting the most out of the automatic takes more than just putting your foot down. Thereís a process and a surprising catch to using MINIís launch control.

The process to engage MINIís launch control is a bit more complicated than you might expect:

Shift gear selector to Sport Automatic (down to ďDĒ and left to ďM/SĒ)
Engage Sport Mode
Engage DTC
Left foot on brake
Right foot on full throttle (must click past overboost button below pedal)
A checkered flag will appear in the speedometer
Driver now has 3 seconds to release the brake andÖ LAUNCH!
The result of this will be a MINI that sprints towards its top speed wth the best possible grip and shifts. However thereís a catch. MINI is limiting the use of the system to 100 times over the life of the car. Furthermore launch control is only recommended by MINI once 2,000 miles engine break-in period is complete.



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Wow... only 100 times

then what...
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So still a 100 left and 800 miles to clock up.
Still it would be interesting to know if any used car purchasers will be asking seller how many launches are left??? It could be taken either way.........how the car has been treated or how much fun is left!!!
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I would say 100 times is fairly good. Whilst many of us may practice spirited starts often, I couldn't ever imagine using launch control at traffic lights or on a roundabout. It's only good for drag strips, impressing your friends and testing your 0-60mph times. :-)

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I had a loan car (Cooper S sports auto) 5 months old and 5000 miles on the clock. I did launch control 3/4 times and then it stopped working. I thought that I was doing something wrong. Now I see loan car drivers had taken all the fun out of the car. Shame when they'll have to sell the car. Poor buyer, only if he knew!!
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Not tried it on mine yet, 12,000 miles on the clock.
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Buy a manual then there is no limit :-)
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There has GOT to be a way to reset that counter. I'm getting a manual, but if I had an auto I would definitely be hacking that little feature into "as often as I like". It's a car, not an ice cream cone! =)
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I was told that on Audi's you only have 6 shots.
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I was told that on Audi's you only have 6 shots.
But we know that Audi's are boring anyway.....
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