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post #1 of 166 Old 01-31-2014, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Adaptive damping vs. sport suspension option

I am not informed on how these options will alter the car's driving dynamics. I think one of the first drive reviews concluded the adaptive damping was not impressive, but now I cannot find that quote.

What are your thoughts on these two options? In the U.S. configurator, each is priced at $500 USD.
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This snippet from MotoringFile's review addresses my question, but I would still like more opinions.

http://www.motoringfile.com/2014/01/...oper-cooper-s/

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The suspension is not simply redesigned. Each level of that tuning has been rethought. MINI engineers explained it to me like this: Consider the base Cooper S suspension at the “0’ point — the neutral — between performance and comfort. When equipped with variable dampers, the suspension has a range of -10 in Normal / Green modes, and +10 in Sport mode. Then there’s the optional stand-alone Sport Suspension, which is at a +30 to the performance side of the scale. Reportedly, the updated Sports Suspension is more aggressive than today — equivalent to the R56 JCW factory sports suspension setting (not the dealer installed kit). We only drove MINI’s with the variable dampers, but given my personal experience, I’d likely opt for the sport suspension if I was buying a performance-oriented MINI. However if I was buying more of a daily driver or commuter MINI, the variable dampers would be hard to pass up. That said, I would have liked greater differentiation between the two settings. The difference was noticeable but not as dramatic as I had hoped.
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One is a damper with adjustable settings for compression and rebound. You go from soft and comfortable to stiff and sporty. Its adjustable to your needs.

Then there is the sports suspension which is sporty all the time. Not as comfortable as either the adjustable or the stock//standard
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My thoughts, go for what you want.
Some guys want it to be a true sporty vehicle so the sporty suspension is the way to go. If you want a bit of everything, adaptive is what you want
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I haven't received my Mini yet and I have been wondering about the Dynamic Dampers. Are they built into the suspension adjustments so they always give you -10 for normal/green and +10 for sport setting more than the non dynamic suspension or is it something you can switch on and off? Or even make adjustments yourself?
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In Green and Normal mode, you will always be at -10. Impossible to have +10 in these modes.

When you switch to Sport mode, the suspension gets at +10 by default.

By using the menu options, you can decide to configure the Sport mode to not go to +10 anymore. I don't remember the name of the option but it disables the +10 and the steering wheel stiffness (and maybe other things too ?!) You can't control exactly what you want.

What I usually do is that I drive most of the time in Sport mode except when the road is bumpy where I quickly switch in Normal mode.


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I haven't received my Mini yet and I have been wondering about the Dynamic Dampers. Are they built into the suspension adjustments so they always give you -10 for normal/green and +10 for sport setting more than the non dynamic suspension or is it something you can switch on and off? Or even make adjustments yourself?
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Thanks for the explanation Patch. I guess this means I can't go with my plan to use the dynamic dampers to jack up the suspension a foot or so and run the Mini in the local mud bog races.
BTW - are you missing your S4? I just sold my A4 and am without any car until Mini comes in.
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I liked the adaptive damping. The roads aren't particularly great in parts of the UK, so it's good to soften up the ride when required.
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Sounds like it will be nice to have when one is riding on 17" wheels with run-flat tires on rough roads.
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I can confirm it helps on rough road with 17 inches! (Quebec region is well known for its very bad roads ...)

Regarding the S4, I really miss its power and overall balance. The bi-turbo were awesome and it pushed you deep in the seats when you'd floor it. I also miss its braking capacity. It's the only car I've own where the brakes were correctly designed to handle the car's performance. All other cars, including the F56, don't have enough braking power for my taste.
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