This month we’re discussing “Sport” mode on a typical BMW. With the exception of M cars, all automatic BMWs have Sport mode. Sport mode is achieved by moving the automatic shift knob over to the left into what most know simply as “manual” mode. The catch is if you just move it over to the left and DO NOT shift gears manually, you’ll notice in the middle of your instrument cluster it will say instead of “D” for drive, “DS” or “SD” for Sport Drive. You can switch in and out of sport mode on the fly by simply moving the shifter back to “center” and then back to the left again.
So What About The Throttle Response?
Sport Mode has a quicker throttle response on the fly by wire throttle, as well as shift points in the transmission that occur sooner and faster, while staying in a lower gear longer, instead of a higher gear as would typically occur. This trades a small amount of fuel economy for more readily available power instead of having to press the gas all the way to the floor. While there is much speculation, over complication, and misinformation online, Sport mode really is that simple and that really is the depth of what it does on a non-M car BMW.
We hope you’ve found this helpful and give it a try on your own BMW! And as always, if you do believe you are experiencing a malfunction with your vehicle’s performance, please contact us at 8335 W Sherman St Suite #200 Tolleson AZ 85353 or give us a call.