The fashion for driver modes has taken hold in the last few years, with the majority of new performance cars equipped with a button or switch labelled Sport, Dynamic, DNA, Corsa or similar. On the face of it, driver modes look like added value, promising a bit of extra tuning, an increase in performance, for seemingly no cost, but increasingly we here at evo are finding such systems frustrating rather than fulfilling.


There are several reasons for this. Some don’t provide enough tailoring of the systems – throttle, engine mapping, gearshift speeds, damper control – so you can’t select the combination you want. Others require an off-putting trawl through menus and subsequent submenus to make your choices. And sometimes whatever the permutation selected, the end result is still unsatisfactory or offers little improvement over the default state of tune.

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Hype Or Substance? Are Driving Modes All They Are Cracked Up To Be?

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