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We just did the paperwork for my wife's midnight black manual 3 door s. He says we have until the beginning of july to make changes. We live in Japan and it doesn't come standard with driving mode. Should I get the driving mode with the manual? Will acceleration be affected if I dont get driving mode?
 

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The driving modes affect the agressiveness of the throttle response, steering and adaptive (!, is an option) suspension. It does not affect the performance, you just don't have to push the throttle pedal down as much as in normal mode.
 

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If having driving mode, it would always be on sport, so do you think it would not be worth the $400 to add it? Or is it still worth it and I am over looking something? Also, to be clear, having and not having sport mode would not affect 0-60 times?
 

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I have heard this argument many times, that sport mode does not affect 0-60 times, well it does, in sport mode he throttle responds faster, hence the engine responds faster. We tested the theory at a drag strip and 0-60, 1/8m and 1/4 miles are quicker in sport mode.
 
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I guess I will be spending the extra $400 for driving mode. The auto that we drove had sports mode and I liked the acceleration. I asked the dealer that since it would be manual without driving mode, would the car accelerate like it was in normal or sports mode. He didn't really know how to explain it. I guess that is one downfalls of ordering a new car in Japan. I figured at pedal to the metal, the can't accelerate like sport and normal. I was hoping that people would say it would accelerate like sport mode all the time. It could have saved me $400 since I don't want the dynamic dampers. Going to get coilovers to close the wheel gap. I really was hoping the only difference would be the hardness and softness of suspension (besides steering tightening). Oh well, I guess driving mode it is.. Thanks for the reply.. PS.. The dealer did say we would get the famous backfire with sports mode : )
 

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The driving modes should not have any discernible effect on torque (and therefore power) output. The overboost function works equally well in all modes too, and this can be verified by the sports instruments (power and torque readouts).


The driving modes alter throttle pedal mapping, so you need to press the pedal less in sport mode than in green, creating the impression of the engine being more powerful.


Of course when timing 0-60mph runs, you will be full throttle anyway, so I don't think the driving mode will make a difference.


Caveman Dave, I would be really interested in seeing your timings (not just because of differences between modes, but also it's good to see times).


I would highly recommend the driving modes though, particularly with the variable damper control, because they make the car feel different and that's fun!
 

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I would love the dynamic damper control because the change in feel, but have to get after market coilovers due to not being able to handle the wheel gap. I like as little space between the fender and wheel as possible. Doesn't have to be slammed, but less than an inch gap is idea. Thanks for all the info here..
 
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