This system gives drivers a Comfort mode for relaxed street driving, a Sport mode for sharpened response and heightened enjoyment, and +R mode, which unleashes the beast on track day.
Sport mode is the default setting, and drivers can press either Comfort or +R on the toggle switch near the shift lever, depending upon the job at hand; a readout in the instrument panel indicates the mode engaged.
The 3-mode drive system has an effect on six different functions:
In Sport mode, the dampers are firm for flat cornering; the electric power steering (EPS) provides a direct, linear feel; drive-by-wire throttle response is powerful and direct; the rev-match system makes for seamless downshifts; and both VSA® and the traction-control function are fully engaged.
When the Comfort button is pressed, the dampers soften up to provide a comfortable, compliant ride; EPS lightens up the required effort for easier turning; the throttle response is smoother and less abrupt; and the rev-match, VSA and traction-control features are unchanged.
Press the +R button when it’s time to let the Type R really show its stuff, and the dampers get much more firm for flat, precision handling; EPS firms up and delivers maximum road feel through the steering wheel; throttle response matches the immediacy of Sport mode; the rev-match system ups the responsiveness for even faster downshifting; and the VSA and traction control can be switched off to let it all hang out.