Wow. I think I agree! I am really liking Sport Mode. Does the MPG really change that much? I guess because you end driving more aggressively? lolStandard, but it's a much better handling car in sport mode and IMHO should be the default mode for the car. The down side in Sport mode is the MPG.
When you put it into the "M" position, it puts it into Sport Mode as indicated on the dash. Without using the paddle shifters, it will still be an automatic but the Magnetic suspension does stiffen up so the ride is not as "marshmellowy". lol If it's like the STS, it also adjusts the shift points to shift more aggressively. It gives the vehicle a more sporty feel to me.What is this 'Sport' mode you speak of? Do you mean just putting it into the M position in the gear selector and using the paddle shifters to change gears? Or is there a different setting that is suspension-only that I could leave permanently on and get a sportier feel?
2014 XTS VSport Platinum
That is strange that it is not referenced anywhere except under the Magnetic Ride Control. It does seem to make a big difference in my vehicle. The car is not as "marshmellowy" as it is in tour mode which I also love on a regular drive. But the car feels more aggressive to me in Sport Mode. This is the description from my STS manual-"While driving in sport mode, the transmission may remain in a gear longer than it would in normal driving mode based on braking, throttle input, and vehicle lateral acceleration." I wonder if it's the same in the XTS?"Sport" mode is a misnomer, and a bit of a stretch when describing the driving characteristics of the XTS. There is no Sport mode mentioned in the Owner's manual when the transmission modes are mentioned. (It does appears under the Magnetic Ride Control description though.) It was even neglected in the index, so that ought to be a hint as to the awesomeness of the "capability" in GM's eyes.
M (Manual mode) is as "sporty" as the XTS gets - and it isn't much, just a heavier feel to the steering, minor shock dampening, and the ability to engage paddle shifters. The closest you're going to get to an exhilarating driving experience in the XTS is speeding downhill in the dark, in the rain, with failed brakes and the cops in pursuit. That'll teach you to try to impress the babysitter when you're taking her home.
The main difference with a V-Sport is a more powerful engine; the suspension/chassis tuning is the same. If you want a sports car experience, you have to step up to a full-blown V model, which does not include the XTS (for obvious reasons.) For a more precise steering/handling experience, the CTS or ATS in their least-equipped trim levels blow the XTS away.
You can put a suit on a pig, --but you still have a pig. Like the CT6, the XTS is a luxurious, highway super-cruiser, --nothing more. It fulfills that role very capably.
My driving experience tells me that in sport mode transmission stays longer in a lower gear and downshifts more "aggressively" when you press pedal to accelerate. It's how ride feels to me. Can't know for sure if this actually works this way though. It may be just my wishful feelings.This is the description from my STS manual-"While driving in sport mode, the transmission may remain in a gear longer than it would in normal driving mode based on braking, throttle input, and vehicle lateral acceleration." I wonder if it's the same in the XTS?
The M will light up on the dash right above where the Gear number is shown, it changes to D in normal mode. The M on the shifter will not light when put in to M, at fist I thought the light was burnt out, its just the way they built the car.So if I switch to Sport Mode by moving the shifter to M while in D, the M doesn't light up until I hit the one of the paddles. After I hit a paddle, the M lights up and it displays the gear it's in on the DIC, but it doesn't seem to upshift until the left paddle is hit again. It does seem to downshift. Is it in Sport Mode when the M is not lighted?
1. Yes the suspension is still in sport mode until ou go back to DSo there are still unanswered questions:
1. If the shifter is moved to M and the paddles aren't touched, the M on the shifter remains unlit. Is the suspension in Sport mode until until the shifter is moved back to D?
2. If the paddles are used, the DIC shows M with the gear number next to it. If this is done by hitting the right upshift paddle while cruising, "M6" is displayed on the DIC and the M on the shifter becomes lit. If one comes to a stop in this condition, it automatically downshifts. When then accelerating from the stop, it won't upshift unless the left paddle is used. So in manual it will automatically downshift, but won't upshift until commanded?