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BMW 7 Series: Steptronic transmission- Manual mode M/S


Manual gear-shifting is possible in manual mode.

Activating manual mode

  1. Press the selector lever to the left from selector lever position D, arrow 1.

Activating manual mode

  1. Push the selector lever forward or pull it backward, arrows 2.

Manual mode becomes active and the gear is changed.

The engaged gear is displayed in the instrument cluster, for instance M1.


  • To shift down: press the selector lever forward.
  • To shift up: pull the selector lever rearwards.

The transmission continues shifting automatically in certain situations, for instance when speed limits are reached.

Steptronic Sport transmission: prevent automatic upshifting in M/S manual mode

Depending on the motorization: if drive mode SPORT is selected, the Steptronic Sport transmission does not automatically upshift in M/ S manual mode once the maximum speed is reached.

In addition, there is no downshifting for kickdown.

Additional information: SPORT

Ending the manual mode

Push the selector lever to the right.

D is displayed in the instrument cluster.

Shift paddles


The shift paddles on the steering wheel allow you to shift gears quickly while keeping both hands on the steering wheel.

General information


The vehicle only shifts at suitable engine and road speeds.

Short-term manual mode

In selector lever position D, actuating a shift paddle switches into manual mode temporarily.

After conservative driving in manual mode without acceleration or shifting via the shift paddles for a certain amount of time, the transmission switches back to automatic mode.

It is possible to switch into automatic mode as follows:

  • Keep the right shift paddle pulled until D is displayed in the instrument cluster.
  • In addition to the pulled right shift paddle, pull the left shift paddle.

Continuous manual mode

In selector lever position S, actuating a shift paddle switches into manual mode permanently.

Steptronic Sport transmission

With the appropriate transmission version, the lowest possible gear can be selected by simultaneously activating kickdown and operating the left shift paddles. This is not possible in shortterm manual mode.



  • Shifting up: pull the right shift paddle.
  • Shifting down: pull left shift paddle.
  • Downshifting to the lowest possible gear: keep the left shift paddle pulled.

The selected gear is briefly displayed in the instrument cluster, followed by the current gear.

Displays in the instrument cluster

The selector lever position is
displayed, for example P.

Electronic unlocking of the transmission lock

General information

Electronically unlock the transmission lock to maneuver vehicle from a danger area.

Before unlocking the transmission lock, set the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling away.

Engage selector lever position N

Unlocking is possible, if the starter can spin the engine.

  1. Press and hold down brake pedal.
  2. Press the Start/Stop button. The starter must audibly start. Hold the Start/Stop button pressed.
  3. With your free hand, press the button on the selector lever, arrow 1, and press the selector lever into selector lever position N and hold, arrow N, until selector lever position N is displayed in the instrument cluster.

    A Check Control message is displayed.

Electronic unlocking of the transmission lock

  1. Release Start/Stop button and selector lever.
  2. Release brake, as soon as the starter stops.
  3. Maneuver the vehicle from the danger area and secure it against moving on its own.

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