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Old 11-14-2017, 09:05 AM
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So what does the Sport button actually do?

I've google'd it and basically I get different answers with different people bashing those answers. I have a R56 Cooper (Non-S) and it has the Sport button. I've read that it tightens the steering, stiffens suspension, and/or keeps the rev's highers but people have said that those are all nonsense. So what does the button actually do?
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:21 AM
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Confusion might be from different generations. In the 3rd generation with Dynamic Damper Control you can adjust a suspension change with sport mode, otherwise it tightens up the electronic power steering and makes the throttle more aggressive.

Your car doesn't do suspension as far as I am aware of, but then again I don't know much about your car. The owners manual has a brief bit on it.

> Engine responds more spontaneously to
movements of the accelerator.
> Steering response is more direct.
With automatic transmission:
> More rapid gear shifting in Sport program
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> Engine responds more spontaneously to
movements of the accelerator.
> Steering response is more direct.
With automatic transmission:
> More rapid gear shifting in Sport program
+1 to Minnie. Increases throttle sensitivity, stays in lower gear longer (for automatic) and makes the steering heavier.
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If you have an N14 S its makes the exhaust burble and bang. If you have a JCW N14 it does it more. If you have an N18 it does it even more then that.

I have had the N12/n16 do it a little but it's really hard to, you have to gas hard and let off fast.
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From what I’ve observed driving a manual R56 N18 for the past two months. It makes the steering stiffer, throttle input is more responsive and the exhaust gives a nice burble on downshifts and when letting off the gas.

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If you have an N14 S its makes the exhaust burble and bang. If you have a JCW N14 it does it more. If you have an N18 it does it even more then that.

I have had the N12/n16 do it a little but it's really hard to, you have to gas hard and let off fast.
I never got the pops and burble in my N14 S. I thought MINI intentionally took that feature away for 07-10 R56, and in the LCI they brought it back in the N18 engine.
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They took most of it away. (then they brought it back in the N18..lol) If you run your N14 S on the track really hard in sport mode, let off the gas really quick after a hard pull( it will do it) my 2007 MCS did. You have to be quick. In my N14 JCW it does it on NON sport and really does it on sport. what i have found is the N14 S you have to warm up a good amount to do it. Aftermarket exhaust helps this also, it made it more noticeable on mine.
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