Activating RACE START

your left foot, and keep it depressed. Depress the brake pedal with your left foot, and keep it depressed.
clockwise until the RS lamp lights up. Turn the drive program selector clockwise until the RS lamp lights up.

The multifunction display shows the RACE START Confirm: Paddle UP Cancel:

Paddle DOWN message.

are no If the conditions for activation are no longer fulfilled, RACE START is canceled.
The multifunction display shows the RACE START canceled message.

steering wheel shift paddle. To cancel: pull the left steering wheel shift paddle.
or
wheel shift paddle. To confirm: pull the right steering wheel shift paddle.
The multifunction display shows the RACE START available Depress accelerator message.

accelerator If you do not depress the accelerator pedal fully within two seconds, RACE START is canceled. The multifunction display shows the RACE START not possible See Operator's Manual message.

fully. Depress the accelerator pedal fully.
The engine speed increases to approximately 4000 rpm.
The multifunction display shows the RACE START Release brake to start message.

pedal If you do not release the brake pedal within seven seconds, RACE START is canceled. The multifunction display shows the RACE START canceled message.

but keep the Take your foot off the brake, but keep the accelerator pedal depressed.
The vehicle pulls away at maximum acceleration.
The multifunction display shows the RACE START active message.

RACE START is deactivated when a speed of approximately 30 mph (Canada: 50 km/h) is reached. Drive program S+ is activated.
SPORT handling mode remains activated.
RACE START is deactivated immediately if you release the accelerator pedal during RACE START or if any of the activation conditions are no longer fulfilled. The multifunction display shows the RACE START not possible See Operator's Manual message.

within If RACE START is used repeatedly within a short period of time, it is only available again after the vehicle has been driven a certain distance.

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