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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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United-Kingdom I can't help it - R56 SPORT BUTTON

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I'm now 3 months into new mini (R56 Cooper S Astral black) ownership - a great car, coming from a BMW 535d Sport and decided to downsize.

I have a bad habit of automatically putting on the SPORT button as soon as I get in. I'm still getting about 32mpg. I like the fact the engine response improves and the steering tightens up.

I know I shouldn't. It's too much fun! Does anyone else have teh same 'problem'!?

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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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I never drive without the sport button pressed...so you are not alone.
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 12:02 PM
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Me too.. I never drive without out, in fact when i did once i stalled it

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Its great isnt it? My S has only done 190 miles but that sport button works wonders
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Old Jun 27th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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I use it if I'm on a bit of a blast, but most of the time it is off.

I find the artificially heavy steering annoying (why? You don't get any more response or feel, it's just heavier for no reason) and I find that I slip the clutch more pulling away as the revs go on quicker.

But when having a blast I don't mind the heavier steering (even if it is pointless) and I love the increased throttle response when blipping the throttle when changing down, fantastic!

Shame it doesn't affect the suspension. Sport spec with 17 inch wheels means great handling but hard ride. Be great to be able to just have the great handling/hard ride when Sport engaged, and a bit softer the rest of the time.

That said I prefer the handling to the comfort so don't regret the sport suspension.

I like 'em big...
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Can't drive without, as the steering feels too sloppy compared to the other cars without it pressed
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It is no less direct than with Sport engaged (it can't be, it's a direct link), it's just lighter.

Maybe you're tugging it too hard?

I like 'em big...
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Looks like I'm NOT alone...good.
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NO you're definitely not key in sport button on
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Don't use the Sport button very often - only pop it on when overtaking, but sometimes I do have a little press if I want a blast. I think that way, you appreciate it more


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Only use it when I really want to thrape on a run

agree with everything said tho!


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I'm addicted to it, hardly ever have it turned off
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Don't use the Sport button very often - only pop it on when overtaking, but sometimes I do have a little press if I want a blast. I think that way, you appreciate it more

Ditto... Just use to when going around the lanes and want to tighten up the steering a bit. On the daily trudge up and down the motorway there's no point.

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I have an S with Works Kit - When i press the button I can feel the steering difference but i wouldnt say the throttle response is much different. Perhaps it is more noticeable on a standard S?

Other Works drivers notice a difference on the throttle?
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Should it not be called the "wanna be a R53" button or wouldnt that fit on ?
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