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Offline 500Kent

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Sport Mode
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:15:18 pm »
So, I turned off the Sport mode for a bit this morning .... OMG!

Why would ANYONE drive it with the button off, more to the point, why does it even have one?

It's like driving a 1.2!!!

LOL - I don't get it!!
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    Offline PORTHOS

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #1 on: September 07, 2013, 02:22:20 pm »
    Ha ha, I lasted 5 seconds with sport mode off on my test drive... safe to say it went straight back on.

    However, it's a good idea to save MPG on long motorway runs, at least it actually works though. Most sport modes in cars do nothing for performance and just stiffen the suspension and tighten the wheel. I think the Abarth actually increases boost pressure.

    Another reason I fell in love with it, the sport button actually works!
    « Last Edit: September 07, 2013, 02:24:13 pm by PORTHOS »

    Offline 500Kent

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #2 on: September 07, 2013, 02:28:45 pm »
    Ah, that's interesting, does it make much difference on the motorway then? I do a fortnightly run up the M25 so if I can save a few MPG that might be useful - not that 46mpg is to be sniffed at with Sport on!! (And that was after 2 hours crawling on the M25 last night bringing it home)
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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #3 on: September 07, 2013, 03:10:33 pm »
    Someone might be able to confirm, I would imagine it's more noticeable around town, give it a run in non sport and see how you go! as painful as it might be! ha ha...

    46mpg is pretty impressive!!!

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #4 on: September 07, 2013, 05:29:58 pm »
    I often do runs around 200 miles up to Manchester from down south and with sport button on I've managed 39mpg with it off I manage 41/2 I think the difference for me comes from how easy the throttle is applied when on noticed its easier to creep up some extra speed when not focusing on it
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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #5 on: September 07, 2013, 05:51:40 pm »
    Makes sense, guessing it sort of acts like a lighter foot for you, ha ha..

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #6 on: September 07, 2013, 10:11:25 pm »
    It is a lot more noticeable around town and there is a huge difference, just to have the pleasure of sport as a surprise type of thing, I run my 595 in non sport to have the thrill when I press that magic little button

    Really a lot like two different cars with the flick of a switch

    On a motorway when you're literally crusing you may as well flick it off to turn the boost pressure down for better mpg

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #7 on: September 07, 2013, 10:15:57 pm »
    just to be contrary, I find the sharper throttle response makes it easier to drive economically as your foot movement is more closely related to the outcome required

    480 miles at 51.4 mpg in sport :thumb:

    Offline J_a_m_e_s

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #8 on: September 08, 2013, 12:08:52 am »
    And to think some people actually drive it in normal mode all the time, these people are out there crazy!
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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #9 on: September 08, 2013, 12:26:19 am »
    Mines been out of sport mode for about a mile. It went straight back to sport, just couldnt live with it. Done nearly 2000 miles now, averaging 33mpg. I think if youve bought an abarth why worry about being frugal, drive it and enjoy it  ;D
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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #10 on: September 09, 2013, 10:59:07 am »
    When I picked mine up the dealer said and this is the sport button, now it's an Abarth so basically never turn it off lol. I confess on the highway on low traffic and long distance I do tend to turn it off, but otherwise it's on all the time  :)

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #11 on: September 09, 2013, 12:31:51 pm »
    I turn mine off before the missus drives it. She is a lot happier and so am I.

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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #12 on: September 09, 2013, 12:38:37 pm »
    I turn mine off before the missus drives it. She is a lot happier and so am I.

     ;D

    I must admit Emma didn't want to drive the SS in Sport for quite a while but after a while I managed to persuade her to drive with it on :)
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    Re: Sport Mode
    « Reply #13 on: September 09, 2013, 11:31:29 pm »
    Seems to vary greatly from car to car.

    Mini Cooper S - sport button made very little difference apart from slightly tighter steering/throttle response - better to drive around town in normal mode and select sport setting for motorway driving as it tightened the steering up to the point where it required less input.

    Audi S3 - "S" setting in DSG gearbox makes one heck of a difference. Holds gears much longer so the brutal performance is always there. Much too tiresome for me and goodness knows what it does to the performance. A more relaxed drive to be had by selecting "D" and never touching "S".

    Abarth 500 - I'd be tempted to leave it in Sport mode forever, certainly around town and normal roads. Motorways too if the difference were marginal.

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