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    The Secret To Better Acceleration

    I've noticed with the gas pedal that the first 1/3 of of travel is slow to respond, but if you step on it, it seems to come alive. I know this sounds obvious, but not really. This is the range most people (including me) expect to depress the pedal when accelerating from a dead stop. Being used to this and then driving the SRX, it may seem a little sluggish. But if you depress the pedal a little farther, you'll get much more torque. I've been experimenting with this for a while now. Then, today I stumbled across the section below from page 8-25 of the owner's manual.


    If you need more
    power for passing, and you are:

    . Going less than 35 mph
    (55 km/h), push the accelerator
    pedal about halfway down.

    . Going about 35 mph (55 km/h)
    or more, push the accelerator all
    the way down.

    The transmission will shift down
    to a lower gear and have more
    power.


    Sube

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Thanks Sube,

    I'm still making my way through the manual....I haven't tried our Lux in Sport Mode.....i read that it's best used for downshifting instead of acceleration?

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Yeah, play around with SPORT and see how you like it. It actually changes shift points, suspension and steering. Cadillac calls it Selective Ride Control (page 8-34).

    SPORT:

    Use where road conditions
    or personal preference demand
    more control. This setting provides
    more “feel”, or response to road
    conditions through increased
    steering effort and suspension
    control. Transmission shift points
    and shift firmness are also
    enhanced
    .


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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Thanx Sube, that should increase our 1/4 mile time to just below 18 seconds....LOL. By the way, good news (Hopefully). GM is sending the Revision 1 Struts for my SRX next week to hopefully stop that thumping noise I've been complaining about. As soon as they are installed and the thumping is gone I will post it only if it goes well. I am supposedly the first one they are trying it on? I don't mind being a guinea pig for GM/Cadillac as long as it works. I guess whining and complaining does work after all!

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    All the best DSY....The best way to really test the new struts is at Baja1000

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by sube5186 View Post
    I've noticed with the gas pedal that the first 1/3 of of travel is slow to respond, but if you step on it, it seems to come alive. I know this sounds obvious, but not really. This is the range most people (including me) expect to depress the pedal when accelerating from a dead stop. Being used to this and then driving the SRX, it may seem a little sluggish. But if you depress the pedal a little farther, you'll get much more torque. I've been experimenting with this for a while now. Then, today I stumbled across the section below from page 8-25 of the owner's manual.


    If you need more
    power for passing, and you are:

    . Going less than 35 mph
    (55 km/h), push the accelerator
    pedal about halfway down.

    . Going about 35 mph (55 km/h)
    or more, push the accelerator all
    the way down.

    The transmission will shift down
    to a lower gear and have more
    power.


    Sube
    Yeah, the acceleration does seem sluggish from about 1000 - 3000 RPM, but once it gets above that, it throws me back in my seat a little bit.

    I was taking it very easy on the car during the breakin period, and even with the lacking low end torque, I didn't think it was bad. The other day, I was passing and really stepped on it, and at about 6000 RPM, that thing was cruising.

    Not to mention the throating roar of the engine is nice.

    I don't think it is underpowered at all, just gotta push on the peddle on the right.

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by jcarlilesiu View Post
    The other day, I was passing and really stepped on it, and at about 6000 RPM, that thing was cruising.
    Yeah, I've been afraid to really push it during the break-in period. I don't think I've had the RPMs pass 4,000 yet. They don't mention a specific RPM (page 8-16) to avoid, but I was trying to be cautious just the same. Now that I have almost 900 miles, I'll open her up a little more.


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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by dsy@cox.net View Post
    GM is sending the Revision 1 Struts for my SRX next week to hopefully stop that thumping noise I've been complaining about.
    That's great news! Hope this fixes it. Keep us posted.


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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Thanks all!

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Always put the car in sport mode when I
    need a quick start from the light. The car
    goes into very quick and smooth acceleration.
    I then immediately shift back to normal in
    order to save gas.

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    I plan just to always drive it in Sport.

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    R U sure U even ordered one!?!?!?!?!?

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    lol, once it gets here, i'm going to flood this place with pics. Then you'll believe me! muhahahaha!

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Quote Originally Posted by TheCaptain View Post
    I plan just to always drive it in Sport.
    You might want to rethink that one. "Sport" changes the suspension and steering, as well as the shift points. If you want that signature Cadillac ride, TOUR is the best setting. I still occasionally use SPORT, but I find myself using TOUR more and more, especially since I discovered "the title of this thread".

    TOUR:

    Use for normal city and
    highway driving. This setting
    provides a smooth, soft ride
    .


    Sube

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    Re: The Secret To Better Acceleration

    Well-know,

    I tried Sport mode this morning and was quite pleased with it's response..The Lux can definitely get out of its own way..The throaty sound from the exhaust was quite nice..I won't abuse it because i have been spoiled by the normally smooth ride

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