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Old 05-11-2008, 11:27 PM
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There's a button on my center console that says "C/S". From my understanding this changes the suspension and transmission configuration between a "comfort" and "sport" mode. Switching back and forth while driving, I've noticed a pretty dramatic difference in acceleration and suspension dampening. My car is a 4matic and I'm wondering, is this button only on the AWD cars? Does sport mode change the ride height at all?
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All recent MBZ's have them. Comfort starts the car in 2nd gear forward and 2nd gear reverse, also the suspension is more comfy and smooth. Sport starts the car in 1st forward and 1st reverse, and the ride is firm.
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To be accurate, not all have the C/S button, Euro cars have a C/S/M button.
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To be accurate, not all have the C/S button, Euro cars have a C/S/M button.
Quit stabbing the U.S. members in the heart!
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does sport mode do anything to ride height and gas mileage?
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does sport mode do anything to ride height and gas mileage?
It doesn't affect height, but it does alter the suspension calibration. Both Airmatic and ABC will become firmer in S than C.

In addition to starting in second, C causes earlier upshifts. This will increase mileage.
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Originally Posted by Diesel Benz View Post
To be accurate, not all have the C/S button, Euro cars have a C/S/M button.
I wonder why US cars don't have the M mode. US AMG models do, so it can't be because of a regulation.
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That's correct for European Cars (C,S,M).

But I never have a need to use the M(anual) function. For best performance just click the "S" and the car is on fire!
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I discovered that my car in fact does lower itself about a half inch in sport mode... even got out the measuring tape just to make sure!
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Originally Posted by aschb View Post
That's correct for European Cars (C,S,M).

But I never have a need to use the M(anual) function. For best performance just click the "S" and the car is on fire!
Indeed

Almost never drive my CL in anything but S mode (unless wet)...have never found myself faster/smoother/safer in M mode, even in spirited driving...

And my expce w/SL63 030 in mtn twisties is similar....found self fastest/smoothest/safest in S+ mode, not M mode...

Other drivers who are far more competent than me seem to concur w/my sense of S vs M mode in any of latest AMGs on public roads...

My guess is that in an era of ever-faster/smarter/more interlinked drivetrain&chassis computer networks, M mode is essentially a placebo function for most drivers, certainly on any public roads....
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Originally Posted by hotwiredbenz View Post
I discovered that my car in fact does lower itself about a half inch in sport mode... even got out the measuring tape just to make sure!
EXCELLENT!!

Probably the best news I've seen all day

That should throw some water on this fiery dialog of lowering my car

So, does it keep the car lowered even when the ignition is off or only when the car is mobile? If it's the latter, then my enthusiasm will be tempered a bit ...again.

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To get really picky... the manual says that for us common S550/600 types, when "Sport" is selected the car is in "Standard" driving mode... as opposed to C for Comfort mode with its different gear changes... but for the AMG's, "Sport" equals "sporty" driving mode... I guess with all that additional lowering and ABC/suspension stiffening going on etc...

Semantics I know! I always find it a little incongruous to call a huge 5000 lb sedan "sporty" with all the attached connotations... though powerful and fast, absolutely...

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To get really picky... the manual says that for us common S550/600 types, when "Sport" is selected the car is in "Standard" driving mode... as opposed to C for Comfort mode with its different gear changes... but for the AMG's, "Sport" equals "sporty" driving mode... I guess with all that additional lowering and ABC/suspension stiffening going on etc...

Semantics I know! I always find it a little incongruous to call a huge 5000 lb sedan "sporty" with all the attached connotations... though powerful and fast, absolutely...

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Having driven/owned enough underwhelming 3200-4000lb F/P's that claim to be "sporty", I tend to scoff at those who try to define what is a "sports" vs "GT" vs "luxury" car....esp b/c I always risk-adjust perf claims for car's safety/daily-useability parameters...any monkey engineer can maximize perf if doesn't have to optimize vs real-world safety/daily-useability....

As a risk/reward-oriented guy, I laugh at guys who claim various pseudo-precise/quantitative track times for their alleged sports cars....most guys I know w/a 3-digit IQ who can afford any car on planet seem to be fairly impressed w/real-world perf of latest/greatest AMGs (many also own latest/greatest F's, but don't seem to drive them often, even on wkends)....and I enjoyed my humble '07 CL600 far more in mtn twisties than the rather lame '07 599/997TT I also drove many times through the same routes....
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Originally Posted by aschb View Post
That's correct for European Cars (C,S,M).

But I never have a need to use the M(anual) function. For best performance just click the "S" and the car is on fire!
I hardly use the M, but I do switch between S and C where the existence of the M-mode becomes more of a nuisance (I hope this makes US owners feel better ).

According to the manual and workshop info, the Airmatic suspension on a W221 does not lower when stationary and S selected. The W211 Euro cars do that but somewhere I found that US W211 with Airmatic would not do that, only at higher speed (which is what the W221 would do too).

ABC is probably different, don't know any details about that.
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I hardly use the M, but I do switch between S and C where the existence of the M-mode becomes more of a nuisance (I hope this makes US owners feel better ).

According to the manual and workshop info, the Airmatic suspension on a W221 does not lower when stationary and S selected. The W211 Euro cars do that but somewhere I found that US W211 with Airmatic would not do that, only at higher speed (which is what the W221 would do too).

ABC is probably different, don't know any details about that.
hmm I dont have ABC... maybe it's just the 4matics that lower in S mode? Its possible that the awd cars sit higher in C mode and when switched to S, they come down to the same height as rwd cars.
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hmm I dont have ABC... maybe it's just the 4matics that lower in S mode? Its possible that the awd cars sit higher in C mode and when switched to S, they come down to the same height as rwd cars.
I do not know if 4-Matic would be different. Never know about the market area specific issues neither, it could be the opposite for the W221 from that of W211. Workshop documentation may not always be accurate either.
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That would be a good news, but I tested the C/S/M button on bumpy streets (cobbled street) or at 240 km/h on different motorways but did not see any noticeable effect.
And as far as I remember I am not aware of any suspension change of my W221 after switching between C or S while stationary.

Is there a typical / easy method to check it out?
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That would be a good news, but I tested the C/S/M button on bumpy streets (cobbled street) or at 240 km/h on different motorways but did not see any noticeable effect.
And as far as I remember I am not aware of any suspension change of my W221 after switching between C or S while stationary.

Is there a typical / easy method to check it out?
The suspension stiffness change should be easy to feel between C and S (or M) almost on any road but at 240 km/h the suspension in any case has adapted to be stiffer and then the button setting should not make any difference.
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I always hit the C mode as soon as I hit New Jersey. It eats away the bumps nicely.
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COMF and SPORT

Hey, I have a similar question. What's the difference between the C-S switch and the SPORT - COMF switch on my E400 4matic?
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why's the difference between the C-S switch and the SPORT -COMF switch??
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Hey, I have a similar question. What's the difference between the C-S switch and the SPORT - COMF switch on my E400 4matic?
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Select the year and E-Class here:
https://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/servi...owners_manuals

I'm pretty sure that's covered in the RTFM. It looks like SPORT-COMF has a suspension icon, so maybe that's what it does ... and the C-S only controls the gears changing behaviour.
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