Originally Posted by Steved
There's was no active steering on the cars, just the usual servotronic system (as fitted to most BMWs).
With the M Settings within iDrive it was possible to alter the steering assistance from Normal to Sport, which is pretty similar to what was available on the E39 M5 (i.e. it increased the weighting of the steering , but did not change its gearing).
Unless I'm mistaken, isn't Servotronic a part of the Active Steering system? My 335i does NOT have the "Active Steering, with Servotronic" option as listed in the product catalogue. Perhaps the M3 tester was equipped with a similar optional Active Steering system that has been similarly disfavored in other models.