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How Does S Drive Affect Driving Characteristics Versus D


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#1 OFFLINE   bdegrand

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:30 AM

I'm wondering by selecting S Drive in my MKZ how does it affect the performance of my MKZ. Will it change any performance versus D drive selection. Any quicker when accelerating from a standstill? (Too lazy to read manual)

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 12:25 PM

 Too lazy to read manual

 

Too lazy to answer.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 02:49 PM

The short answer is it changes the shift points keeping the RPM higher for better performance. 



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 04:53 PM

The short answer is it changes the shift points keeping the RPM higher for better performance.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:46 AM

On my 6 speed Fusion it also enables the paddle shifters and locks out 6th gear unless I manually upshift with the paddles.  I usually end up driving around town in S and then switching to D at freeway cruising speeds to take advantage of the overdrive gear.



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:01 AM

You can actually downshift using the paddles in D as well, but it resumes auto operation within a few seconds.  It's good for pre-downshifting when passing another car without having to put it in S and then go back to D.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 10:35 PM

I have only had my 2017 MKZ for less than a week. I am nowhere close to understanding how everything works yet. I have the drivers package on mine and the manual says traction and stability control can be turned off fully. I am also wondering about S mode too and if mine is different from the non drivers package cars. I just need an empty parking lot and the owners manual to test this stuff out. I don't want to have to go to dealer to have them explain something. I SHOULD be able to figure this out...right?


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 08:56 AM

There has never been any documentation that I know of that indicates the transmission operation is any different with the drivers package.  As others have stated, S raises the shift points and keeps the rpm higher, locks out 6th gear unless you manually shift with the paddles and changes the throttle mapping to make the accelerator open the throttle body slightly quicker (but no further at WOT).   On Lincolns it also eliminates the "comfort" suspension mode and only provides the normal and firm settings.


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 10:01 PM

I figured out how to turn off all of the nannies tonight. Apparently I must have overlooked that you need to be in S. Pushing the traction/stability control button once turns off traction control. Hold it down for 5 seconds disables stability control (this can only be done in Sport mode).

 

Why am I interested in this? I do like the option of turning the electronics off in a car. Now this isn't a full fledged performance car and the probability of me taking it to a track is < 10%. However, if I do get that itch I know that the nannies can be turned off so max fun can be had, and the AWD system is of high quality so it should handle well. 

 

There is just a lot I don't know about this car. Is there is any cooling system in the AWD system? I wonder what ways the drivers package cars differ from the non drivers cars from equipment, shifting, handling and such? The one thing I am noticing is that there isn't a lot of written documentation out there about these cars yet (non ASE mechanic stuff). If there is, I am not finding it. I guess this is part of my IT background coming into play here. I want to know the intricate details and differences, not just X should be better than Y.


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Posted 31 March 2017 - 08:58 AM

From the Lincoln site:

 

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is a true driver’s car. To make the driving experience even more distinctive, the available Driver’s Package* combines Dynamic Torque Vectoring, a sport-tuned suspension and revised continuously controlled damping. A unique grille, 19-inch wheels and painted brake calipers round out the exterior appearance. Inside, an Ebony interior with Touring White accents and multicontour seats make for an interior experience that is unique to the Driver’s Package.

 

The handling is better with the driver's package due to firmer suspension and dynamic torque vectoring and the ride is firmer.  


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