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    REVIEW | Evolve Automotive GTS DCT Software

    INTRODUCTION
    In my honest opinion, I think BMW did a pretty nice job when designing and programming the DCT for the E9X M3. Granted when I first got it, it needed some good software revisions from the dealer to get running properly and smoothly, over the past several years it has performed only in great fashion. Despite the blazingly fast upshifts and near perfect rev-matches, it had it's little nuances. I have read that the Euro DCT software actually had features that the US DCT software didn't. When the E92 GTS was released, it became widely known that BMW re-calibrated the software for it's transmission as well.

    Like always, as time progresses, many tuners start to find their ways of enhancing our "standard" cars, making nice software tweaks to improve power and drivability. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz of the big tuning companies being able to now remotely tune the DCT DME. After reading many reviews, I was pretty hyped up to finally try a DCT Tune. Unlike some of the other tuning companies, Evolve Automotive was kind enough to offer their Evolve Automotive GTS DCT Tune for free for existing and new clients as a limited time special. My understanding is that most tuners are using the E92 GTS DCT Calibration File as the foundation of their DCT Tunes. I'll be honest in saying that I don't know the nitty gritty details, but what I can expand upon are the differences I've felt compared to the US DCT Software.

    DRIVING IMPRESSIONS
    1) Shifting into Reverse is much quicker with zero lag compared to the US DCT Software. I found that the US DCT Calibration had a very slight hesitancy when shifting in Reverse, not so much the case with the Evolve DCT Software.

    2) Moving the gear selector to the right immediately after start up, it defaults to D2 First Gear.

    3) Moving the gear selector to the right a second time after start up, it defaults to whatever the last S-mode was, also in First Gear. It has a memory of last used S-mode shift speed. In my case, I prefer S5. This was the primary reason why I wanted a DCT Tune. I hated having to move to S3 and pressing the shift speed button a couple times to S5. Now all I have to do is move the gear selector twice to the right and it's at the setting I want.

    4) I noticed that slowing down in 2nd gear to a near complete stop does not have the typical bucking or stuttering. It seems to slow down to a stop in 2nd gear much smoother. I will have to confirm this with more mileage.

    5) Shifting at WOT through 1-3rd gear, I noticed that there doesn't seem to be as prevalent of a "soft" redline or slipping of the clutch. Especially in 1st and 2nd, it shifts with much more assertion and aggression. Absolutely instantaneous.

    6) Downshift and revmatching is seamless and immediate. When comparing to US DCT Software, I am noticing an improvement more so in the upper RPM with the Evolve DCT Software. I think this will be more appreciated on the track upon hard braking and simultaneous downshifting.

    SOFTWARE INTERFACE
    Sal@Evolve had to recode my EvolveR cable to become compatible with communicating with the Siemens GS40 DME. His promptness and urgency in reprogramming my cable was impeccable as always. Upon receiving the DCT Calibration and updated EvolveR PC Software, he also included very thorough instructions on how to flash the DCT DME. The interface is essentially the same as the EvolveR PC Software for the MSS60 DME. Very intuitive. Overall flashing process took roughly 5 minutes. After the flashing process, the car started up without a hitch!

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    VIDEO DEMONSTRATING EVOLVE GTS DCT SOFTWARE


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    OVERALL THOUGHTS
    The differences pointed out may sound rather minute and silly, but in all sincerity, it makes a difference in the driving experience. From the second you start up the car to driving it hard in different scenarios, it's noticeable. I am so fascinated by these huge strives forward in BMW Tuning because it further refines that stellar job that BMW has achieved. I imagine this DCT tune compounded with my soon-to-be installed Evolve XPipe and Tune will be one hell of a trio! Working with Evolve Automotive to help me mold my cars to where they are is always a pleasurable experience. For those of you with the lightening fast DCT, this is something well worth considering. The nice consideration that Evolve includes it for free for a limited time offering in their MSS60 DME Tune is also a great reason to take the plunge on their product!

    Thank you for reading!
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    Awesome review. Evolve's customer service is awesome and this is just another feature ill get programmed if I ever get an e90 M3. Thanks for posting your thoughts bro.
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    how much is it for not new customers?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    Awesome review. Evolve's customer service is awesome and this is just another feature ill get programmed if I ever get an e90 M3. Thanks for posting your thoughts bro.
    Thanks @0-60Motorsports !!! They have never let me down and it's crazy cause as the days go by, their workload gets more and more rigorous. Every DCT needs this software! It really is that enjoyable.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inter1032 Click here to enlarge
    how much is it for not new customers?
    They actually have a special right now and it's free for new customers!!! Contact them soon to partake in the offer. Some other tuners are selling their respective DCT tunes for an extra $500-1000!!! Click here to enlarge
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    DAMN!!!

    IM IN!!

    sending an email now! I wanna see how the Boosted M's dash looks with the DCT s/w Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
    DAMN!!!

    IM IN!!

    sending an email now! I wanna see how the Boosted M's dash looks with the DCT s/w Click here to enlarge
    DO IT!!!

    That way I can put my iPhone on my dash and replay your video as I drive, so I can pretend to be boosted LOL
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by flipm3 Click here to enlarge
    DO IT!!!

    That way I can put my iPhone on my dash and replay your video as I drive, so I can pretend to be boosted LOL
    lol!

    ill be sure to post it up for ya!

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    Nice review! I wouldn't hesitate to load this if I had a E9x DCT.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by TZ04XJR Click here to enlarge
    Nice review! I wouldn't hesitate to load this if I had a E9x DCT.
    Thanks!!!

    I wonder if @evolve has a tune for the SMGIII in the E60 M5 Click here to enlarge
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    I have the file in my email.. waiting on getting back home to load it up. SHould be sick combined with the blower Click here to enlarge

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    I would if this would help my car at all or with the built trans I should not mess with anything?

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