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Driving Modes

Discussion in 'Model S' started by scottflys, Jan 11, 2017.

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  1. scottflys

    scottflys Member

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    i don't seem to be able to tell the difference between Standard and Sport driving modes on my new MS.
    The steering wheel doesn't seem to get any tighter or can't tell between the two.
    What's it suppose to do?
     
  2. cryptyk

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    The steering wheel should feel heavier. Try it at low speeds in a parking lot.
     
  3. EVCarGUy

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    I can easily tell the difference. While in a sweeping turn, if safe, try switching modes. The effort required to hold the wheel turned and resist the pressure to return to center goes up substantially in sport mode
     
  4. Maximapolak

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    I can feel the difference. Try turning the wheel faster. You'll feel the resistance difference.
     
  5. scottflys

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    Ive done this and just can't seem to tell the difference
     
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    Must be those big biceps!
     
  7. Haxster

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    IMO, sport mode should probably be called normal mode. It's way over-boosted and there's little if any road feel.

    It sort of feels like they added some artificial resistance to a steer-by-wire system (i.e. no mechanical link between the front wheels and the steering wheel).

    Tesla's sport mode is probably fine for traditional luxury car buyers. Not so fine for many BMW/Porsche drivers.

    Realistically, it's actually very challenging for performance car manufacturers to get their electric steering-boost systems to work as well for drivers as traditional hydraulic systems.

    Fortunately, Tesla could probably tweak the boost characteristics of their installed base of cars if they ever chose to do so. And maybe even add a "Super-Sport" or "Track/Competition" mode!
     
  8. scottflys

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    I think Haxster is correct.
    I just came from a BMW X5 M and when I switched to Sport Mode in that car it was very noticeable in the driving and the feel of the steering. Not on the Tesla.
    Lbkmxp100d is also correct, I do workout...lol
     
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