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Old 03-01-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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Sport Mode vs. Drive Mode vs. Manual Mode

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I have 2011 2LT. What's the difference between Sport Mode and Manual Mode? WHEN and HOW should I use Sport Mode vs. Manual Mode (as oppose to Drive Mode)? I have an automatic and been only using Drive Mode.

Any info is greatly appreciated...
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:56 PM   #2
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When you say Manual, I take it that you are referring to the paddle shifting option.

The Sport Mode is where the Engine revs higher than your usual "drive" mode. It also drinks more gas in that mode.

The Manual mode is where you can manually change the gears by tapping the paddle shifters located behind your steering wheel!

Use the Paddle Shifting when you are racing on a track, when cruising on the road use the drive mode and when driving aggressively (but safely) use the Sport Mode.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:43 PM   #3
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Normaly I drive in S mode in the city, i like my car to be reactive, and the shifting happens at a higher RPM's. When I'm on the road, I use D mode and the car is smoother and it saves gas.

But when I want to go sporty I use M mode and I change the gears when I wan't, the computor will no allow to over rev so there is no danger to break the engine and I personnaly like to be able to down-shift and use the compression to slow the car.

I'm now anxious to install my CAI and Solo Performance Mach X-LLT J-pipes exhaust, with M mode i'll be able to hear that beutifull sound, even if it's a V6.

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Old 03-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #4
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Normaly I drive in S mode in the city, i like my car to be reactive, and the shifting happens at a higher RPM's. When I'm on the road, I use D mode and the car is smoother and it saves gas.

But when I want to go sporty I use M mode and I change the gears when I wan't, the computor will no allow to over rev so there is no danger to break the engine and I personnaly like to be able to down-shift and use the compression to slow the car.

I'm now anxious to install my CAI and Solo Performance Mach X-LLT J-pipes exhaust, with M mode i'll be able to hear that beutifull sound, even if it's a V6.

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I'm not trying to hijack this thread, but what is going on with that exhaust? What is the benefit to the two pipes that go toward each other (the ones at the end that branch off just before the exhaust tips...)
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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Reduce/eliminate Drone. Look up their site or the SOLO Performance Mach X LLT Thread in the Bolt on and Tunes forum. Explains a lot there!

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Mach X-LLT J-Pipe Cat-Back Exhaust Kit for V6 Manual and Automatic Camaro

The Mach X-LLT exhaust kit for your V6 Camaro, Auto or Standard, is a full stainless steel unit. The muffler and tips are T304 and the pipes are T409. The band clamps we use are T304 as well. There is a lot going on in this exhaust kit to get the Camaro V6 to sound like it should. First we have a special Solo X design Mach free flow muffler in the front. As with most X pipes, this X muffler doesn’t inhibit the flow and does a great job of calming the noise. We also have a rear set of free flow Mach resonators in the tailpipe section. These resonators are the same free flow resonators used in our V6 Res-Cats. These resonators, or mini mufflers, also reduce and calm the overall exhaust note.

We have adjustable “attenuation pipes” or “J pipes” in our tailpipes too. These J-pipes are “tuned” to take out the bad frequency ranges that both the V6 Auto and Standard have. Fortunately the frequency range was the same and the J-pipes can be used on either car with the same success. We make the J-pipes adjustable and removable to give you options. To adjust the length you would loosen the end band clamp bolts and move in or out the same on both sides. ½” to 1” makes a big difference in sound. We have the pipes set at the “factory preset” length but since all Camaro’s are not made exactly the same we make them adjustable.

You are also able to remove the J pipes if you want to see how your car sounds without them. Just remove the end cap, take away the J pipe, and insert the end cap into the stub coming out of the tailpipe.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:09 AM   #6
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I pretty much just leave mine in "S" all the time. The car seems much more responsive/lively that way
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:25 AM   #7
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I have L99, and didn't notice that much action until I modded exhaust; I'm almost allways in sports mode just in case i need to get sporty, and down shift on a stang or putang
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:24 AM   #8
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I've been in S mode a lot recently. Just sooo much more fun. Plus my MPG hasn't taken that big of a hit, so I'm happy!
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #9
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Yeah, sport mode is more fun, but use D for better mpg, allegedly anyway.Paddles on the track are slower by alot I hear. Use sport, hold the rpms at 1000-1200, let of the brake and hit the gas at the same time seems to yeild the best. M mode more just for fun.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:17 PM   #10
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Yeah, sport mode is more fun, but use D for better mpg, allegedly anyway.Paddles on the track are slower by alot I hear. Use sport, hold the rpms at 1000-1200, let of the brake and hit the gas at the same time seems to yeild the best. M mode more just for fun.
Sorry but im a noob and only had my car for a few weeks...How do you get into "Sport Mode" I have a Auto V6?
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:40 PM   #11
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Sorry but im a noob and only had my car for a few weeks...How do you get into "Sport Mode" I have a Auto V6?
If you have the automatic, just flick it to "M" mode. That'll put you in "S" or sport mode as indicated on the little screen on the tach to the left of the mileage display.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:45 PM   #13
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If you have the automatic, just flick it to "M" mode. That'll put you in "S" or sport mode as indicated on the little screen on the tach to the left of the mileage display.
Don't you have to use the paddles for that mode?
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:50 PM   #14
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Don't you have to use the paddles for that mode?
No.

The "M" setting has two modes, Sport Mode and Manual Mode.
- If you use the paddles you will enter Manual Mode.
- If you do not use the paddles you will enter Sport Mode which is just like Drive except more sporty.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #15
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When or in what situations can we use the + or -? Please don't just say to downshift or upshift. Specificity is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:17 PM   #16
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Hahahaha. I'm such a tool. I've had my Camaro for 4 MONTHS and just figured out the difference between D & S modes. Love the S mode!
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:02 AM   #17
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When or in what situations can we use the + or -? Please don't just say to downshift or upshift. Specificity is greatly appreciated.

Well you could use the downshifting as engine braking for steep hills etc and use the lower gears with higher rpm for climbing etc.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:01 AM   #18
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So glad I peeped this thread... got my 2LT on Tuesday and I just had more fun driving in 20 minutes than I've had all week with it. Love this ride
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:18 AM   #19
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When or in what situations can we use the + or -? Please don't just say to downshift or upshift. Specificity is greatly appreciated.
+ to upshift
- to downshift

Use the + paddle if you want a higher RPM shift point than the auto gives you, and use the - paddle if you want compression braking when slowing down going into a corner.

If you have never driven a manual, maybe just leave the paddles alone and let the car shift for you.
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:19 AM   #20
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how about when you put it in stablitrack competitive mode??? it says it when you hit traction control twice
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I just drove my daughter back and forth to her house on the expwy. yesterday(20 miles each way).Going I had it in S mode and averaged 17 -18 mpg.Leaving I put it in D mode and averaged 22-24 mpg(70 mph on cruise control both ways).That fuel management system does make a difference on gas.My charger had the same system ,but I could not stand using it cause of the drone noise it emitted.Haven't noticed that noise on the camaro.Still more fun to use S mode or M mode,but if your taking a long trip D is the way to go.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #22
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I'm still confused with my V6. It is an Auto. If I switch it to "M" mode and not touch the paddles...and still floor it....will the gears switch by themselves or will I blow the engine by over redlining it? Is the "sport" mode when you put it to "M" but not use the paddles?
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I'm still confused with my V6. It is an Auto. If I switch it to "M" mode and not touch the paddles...and still floor it....will the gears switch by themselves or will I blow the engine by over redlining it? Is the "sport" mode when you put it to "M" but not use the paddles?
Sport mode is automatic shifting when you put it on "M" WITHOUT TOUCHING THE PADDLES. It is more responsive and shifts at higher RPMs and therefore is, well, sportier (and funner).

When you touch a paddle, it turns into manual and tap-shift. Then you will blow the engine . Also, if you have HUD it will show "S" if in sport, "D" in drive and the gear ie 1,2,3 in tap-shift.
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I drive mine in "S" most of the time. It is more responsive & decisive. It makes my permagrin bigger. Sometimes it seems like it can't decide which gear to be in & shifts up & down quickly in "M" & I don't like that; not sure why.
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Sport mode is automatic shifting when you put it on "M" WITHOUT TOUCHING THE PADDLES. It is more responsive and shifts at higher RPMs and therefore is, well, sportier (and funner).

When you touch a paddle, it turns into manual and tap-shift. Then you will blow the engine . Also, if you have HUD it will show "S" if in sport, "D" in drive and the gear ie 1,2,3 in tap-shift.
Don't worry, you won't blow the engine. It won't let you make a shift that would "blow the engine", or even come close to doing any damage (by your shifting anyway).
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