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      08-17-2018, 02:21 AM   #1
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G20 first drive video review with a look at virtual cockpit gauge cluster

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Awesome, thanks for posting this! I believe it's our first glimpse at the G20 virtual cockpit display.
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      08-18-2018, 02:52 PM   #3
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      08-18-2018, 06:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the production version. The virtual cockpit looks very appealing (refresh rate and glare to be evaluated).
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      08-20-2018, 01:13 PM   #5
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Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the production version. The virtual cockpit looks very appealing (refresh rate and glare to be evaluated).
For all the talk about glare on displays in cars, it's never ever bothered me. I've used cars with digital clusters and it's never been an issue. It's also never really been an issue for me on poorly designed navigation screens, either. Screens these days are plenty bright enough to overcome all but the worst of glare.

While I prefer analog dials, I know most people want this and I don't really care as long as the rest of the car is good.
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Isn't this the exact same one on the new 8 series, X5 and Z4???
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Is the virtual cockpit standard? I somewhat doubt that...
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This car is just getting bigger and bigger. its like the size of the 5 series now. Im just going to hold out for the m240gc thats coming which will be a nice replacement for my f30 and more the size of my long gone but not forgotten e46

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Isn't this the exact same one on the new 8 series, X5 and Z4???
yes. he even stated the answer to your question in the video. Being digital though they can tweak how it displays to make it seem not as good as the higher models. Im okay with this since we'll probably be able to configure ourselves given the right software and an enet cable.
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Isn't this the exact same one on the new 8 series, X5 and Z4???
yes. he even stated the answer to your question in the video. Being digital though they can tweak how it displays to make it seem not as good as the higher models. Im okay with this since we'll probably be able to configure ourselves given the right software and an enet cable.
Too bad that more expensive 5 and 7 don't have it but 3 will soon. What is bmw thinking?
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Isn't this the exact same one on the new 8 series, X5 and Z4???
I would assume for the economies of scale this is the same, but maybe not with all the same features?
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Isn't this the exact same one on the new 8 series, X5 and Z4???
yes. he even stated the answer to your question in the video. Being digital though they can tweak how it displays to make it seem not as good as the higher models. Im okay with this since we'll probably be able to configure ourselves given the right software and an enet cable.
Too bad that more expensive 5 and 7 don't have it but 3 will soon. What is bmw thinking?
I went with a G30 5 Series and very happy with the car. I came from an E90 from 2011. My plan was to wait for the G20 but found myself liking the added comfort and feature of the G30 even more. I may go back to a 3 years down the road and hope the G20 will recapture some of the lost flare in the current F30 generation.
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Haven't seen it yet. Looks very promising already & I'm already considering trading in my current 3. Thanks for posting
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Instrument cluster

Information which would be valuable is resolution of the display and what it can show.
In addition what hardware is it running ?
And why an anti clockwise rev counter ???
This is not intuitive, no sports heritage and at least to me not the best choice....
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nice. too bad audi has a way nicer digital cluster with many more options. as far as i can tell BMW's is just digital, no extra map, no resizing, no more info, just the same boring BMW cluster but digitized
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nice. too bad audi has a way nicer digital cluster with many more options. as far as i can tell BMW's is just digital, no extra map, no resizing, no more info, just the same boring BMW cluster but digitized
thats the nice thing about software. a simple update can extend it to include more. If this display is full color they can easily add it. Given this is BMW, it would be in an LCI update starting with their 7/8 series first and down to the x5 and 5er LCI then onto the g20 LCI in a few years.

If you have map directions in the HUD, why do you need the map at all in the cluster?
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nice. too bad audi has a way nicer digital cluster with many more options. as far as i can tell BMW's is just digital, no extra map, no resizing, no more info, just the same boring BMW cluster but digitized
No, no... open the mind to what BMW are doing here.

Why the assumption the BMW digital dash is limited?

X5 installation shows satnav, music details, and other stuff. It is one reason why the rev counter is counter clockwise, the 'middle' of the display is being used for all the other stuff, while speedo and rev counter is in full display.
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This car is just getting bigger and bigger. its like the size of the 5 series now. Im just going to hold out for the m240gc thats coming which will be a nice replacement for my f30 and more the size of my long gone but not forgotten e46.
Yes if you are fine with FWD/xDrive
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I really don't like digital dashes (and i have to say this one looks particularly horrible, configured that way at least). Let's hope it's an option and does not comes standard.
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I really don't like digital dashes (and i have to say this one looks particularly horrible, configured that way at least). Let's hope it's an option and does not comes standard.
Does it? As I posted a picture in the other topic, the G05 X5 one looks well set out to me, even if I do prefer the older BMW dash layouts.
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I really don't like digital dashes (and i have to say this one looks particularly horrible, configured that way at least). Let's hope it's an option and does not comes standard.
Does it? As I posted a picture in the other topic, the G05 X5 one looks well set out to me, even if I do prefer the older BMW dash layouts.
Looks fine to me.
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