Originally Posted by cool4re
Just traded my 2011 Space Gray sDrive 35i M Sport on a 2013 Melbourne Red sDrive 35is. Power increase is noticeable and the paddles on the steering wheels are now correct, right up and left down. Awesome every day car! The torque is unbelievable. I'm happy it's a low volume car, much more distinctive. I don't use this forum too much but I thought this is a good subject.
For the paddles, Left side down, right side up, seems cumbersome to me.
The "push downshift, pull upshift" on either side in my 35i seem correct and convenient.
If I am in the middle of a hard 90 degree turn and my right hand is crossed over my body to the left and I need to shift, EITHER UP OR DOWN, I can do so with my right hand.
In the same situation with the "left side down, right side up" set up, you would only be able to shift up with your right hand. To shift down, you'd have to cross your left arm over or under your right arm to get to the left side paddle which is now on the right since the wheel has been turned. That seems awkward.
Plus, one can use the "pull up, push down" system as a "left side down, right side up" system if desired. All you have to do is not use the other function on each paddle.
So, this begs the question... What benefit was gained by switching to a "left side down, right side up" set up?