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Drive Modes - Normal, Sport, Track - What Do They Do?

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Hi,

I've just bought an ST-2 a couple of days ago. Love it! My first ST. Just curious as to what changes the different drive modes do? Normal, Sport and Track. You Tube videos say different things about what they do. Some say the suspension changes, others say it doesn't? I know Sport adds some pops and bangs to the exhaust sound, and track turns off traction control, but is there any official guidance on exactly what changes? Steering feel for each mode? Suspension changes? Throttle response? Etc?

Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks,
Andy
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It's my wife's car to start with and at the time of ordering dealerships within a 25 miles radius of us didn't have a ST Demo as I've mentioned before its the wifes car and she loves the car and that's what matters most and she's happy l am on the other hand the bad cop in the relationship when it comes to cars as l have more experience of cars and at a price of almost 拢30k l think one can be allowed to nick pick that little more
You're right, they're not cheap. Therefore all the MORE reason to have made a longer trip to secure a test drive. A 50 mile, 100 mile, 200 mile trip even, made just once would've given you those answers.

Buying without first trying is just an anathema to me. "No drivey, no buyey" as Paddy McGuinness never once said 馃槅

But as you say though Mrs Jassy's happiness is all that matters and she sounds like my kind of driver 馃憤馃徎
This guy also has issues with the gearbox
Yes, having watched the vid in full, pretty much agree with his comments, which are very positive on the whole, apart from the gearlever positioning/change quality. I'd add the caveat that, in terms of "notchiness", mine's still under 700 miles (his test car was only on 500 iirc) and they could well loosen up a bit, but I suppose you either get on with the position of the gearlever or you dont!馃槂

Mind you, I take for ever to really settle into a different car and get everything positioned just as I like it, so I'm still fiddling with seat/steering column etc at present, so I'll reserve final judgement for a while.
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Mind you, I take for ever to really settle into a different car and get everything positioned just as I like it, so I'm still fiddling with seat/steering column etc at present, so I'll reserve final judgement for a while.
Just spent a very interesting few hours trying this and that, having a quick drive, fiddling again, etc. Anyway, dropping the seat as far as it will go, lowering the front of the base likewise (only just realised that adjusts) and moving the column accordingly, has brought a big perceived improvement.

Whole car felt better, steering felt lighter, even Normal mode (to keep vaguely on topic馃槂) seemed more lively, so I must have improved the "angle of attack" on the pedals and wheel.

So I might be getting there!
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Just spent a very interesting few hours trying this and that, having a quick drive, fiddling again, etc. Anyway, dropping the seat as far as it will go, lowering the front of the base likewise (only just realised that adjusts) and moving the column accordingly, has brought a big perceived improvement.

Whole car felt better, steering felt lighter, even Normal mode (to keep vaguely on topic馃槂) seemed more lively, so I must have improved the "angle of attack" on the pedals and wheel.

So I might be getting there!
Me = seat as low as it can go,tilt none,thigh support out,steering column not extended which gives me just enough room to get my legs in and out when entering and leaving without banging my knee's off the steering. My conclusion is the seat frame is higher than in a normal fiesta"first thing l notice when l first sat in the car" they also give no shoulder support,
reverse gear 1st and 3rd require a stretch
As for mode, normal mode 90% of the time,front wheels in sport mode squirm for grip/traction for when a burst of speed is required for short overtaking,but time it right when overtaking on a decent road surface and the little fiesta is rapid
As for steering feel it feels the same to me in every mode
My Mk3 Focus ST3 had the same driving characteristics as do all FWD cars with 200 bhp plus
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I find the car when in sport and track mode pretty difficult to control on acceleration on a B road say,the car just pulls and tugs away going up the gears my gearbox ain't the smoothest either bit notchy
Seat at its lowest setting is still too high
To be honest l prefer driving the 95 bhp 1-0 ecoboost Mk8 st-line we have as the gear change and seating position is better, slower yes but better to drive maybe its me as l dont like a manual box
sorry - my question has been answered already
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