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Steering Mode

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by mattreidy, Dec 30, 2014.

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What steering mode do you use most often?

  1. Comfort

    17.7%
  2. Standard

    43.0%
  3. Sport

    39.2%
  1. mattreidy

    mattreidy Member

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    Which steering mode do you use most often and why?
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Comfort. I used standard for a while but my wrist started hurting after a few weeks. No pain after switching to comfort.
     
  3. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Standard. I used "Sport" for a long time (first 6-8 months of ownership), but found that my arms would fatigue a bit on longer drives. While it was nice for more aggressive driving conditions, in the long haul I preferred the standard. I tried comfort but just couldn't get used to the 'mushy' feel to me.
     
  4. AmpedRealtor

    AmpedRealtor Active Member

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    How about speed sensitive steering? On the freeway, I want sport. Off the freeway, I want normal or comfort. The car should transition to less sensitive steering as the vehicle's speed increases. This has been available for many years in other vehicles. I assumed it would come as a software update at some point. It seems I may have been mistaken.
     
  5. Doug_G

    Doug_G Lead Moderator

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    Sport, because I want crisp response.
     
  6. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Sport throughout with the S60. Need it back in the P85D.
     
  7. Rheazombi

    Rheazombi Member

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    Sport. Most similar to my old 2003 Toyota Celica. Stiffer and responsive. I find the comfort mode too... mushy.
     
  8. EarlyAdopter

    EarlyAdopter Active Member

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    Sport... on my old P85.

    On the P85D I don't have the option. Might be standard. Might be adaptive. Who knows? Feels nimble though.
     
  9. jcaspar

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    Sport. Feels more like my Dodge Viper did.
     
  10. tezzla

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    I believe the P85D is speed sensitive. It seems pretty soft at lower speeds. Due to the rain (& traffic) I haven't been able to get up to speed yet.
     
  11. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

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    Comfort for around town, sport only when I am on the freeway for a long time - it is much more stable at high speed and less sensitive to little movements of the steering wheel. Comfort takes less steering effort to turn the car.

    I too wish they would come out with a speed sensitive setting.
     
  12. bxr140

    bxr140 Member

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    Comfort.

    Started with sport for the 'feel' and 'responsiveness' and all the other thesaruical terms found in car reviews...quickly realized it's mostly mental. Comfort isnt mushy or vague, it's just easier to steer. If I were on a track, yeah, I'd probably change out of comfort...but then again I wouldn't waste my time taking a pig of a model S out on track in the first place!

    For reference, my daily commute starts with (or ends with...) four miles of twisty road and--mostly due to the fact that I'm very immature for my age--I drive like quite a knob...so it's not like I'm babying my baby.
     
  13. Btrflyl8e

    Btrflyl8e Active Member

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    Sport was just too tiring. Although most mornings I switch to sport for the few seconds of back to back s curves on the way to the gym!
     
  14. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Wish they had a "Speed Sensitive" option. My past few cars have had this.
     
  15. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Yes. I speed sensitive steering this in my 1969 DS-21.
     
  16. tliving

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    Sort of subjective. Comfort felt too loose to me. I use standard and am very happy with it.
     
  17. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Just noticed this in the latest Owners Manual on the Specs Pages:

    Steering.jpg

    I'm pretty sure mine isn't speed sensitive...
     
  18. pilotSteve

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    Standard. Comfort too loose, I do use Sport on the track, but Standard feels just right for everything but track day to me!
     
  19. Pate

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    Standard for me as well. I think I tested both comfort and sport when I got the car, but neither of those seemed in any way superior to standard, so I saw no reason to go non-standard. :)
     

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