Push­ing but­tons

Wheels (Australia) - - Melbourne To Motown -

It’s sad but true that per­for­mance cars no longer come as is, with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ ap­proach. There isn’t a sedan here that doesn’t have mul­ti­ple set­tings for sus­pen­sion, steer­ing, trans­mis­sion and what have you.

At face value, the Lexus wins the com­plex­ity comp. Three dy­namic modes ( Nor­mal, Sport and Sport+), three torque-vec­tor­ing set­tings ( Stan­dard, Slalom, Track) and even an Ac­cel­er­a­tion Sound Con­trol but­ton that makes in-cabin acous­tics a lit­tle more colour­ful, in a slightly weird fash­ion. But the dy­namic modes only al­ter steer­ing weight, auto shift map­ping, throt­tle re­sponse and ESC thresh­old.

Like the GS-F, the Clubsport’s damp­ing rates are fixed, but its Driver Pref­er­ence Dial groups to­gether throt­tle sen­si­tiv­ity, bi-model ex­haust loud­ness, steer­ing weight and ESC cal­i­bra­tion. We drove it solely in Sport or Per­for­mance (if only for that ex­haust noise) but there’s also Tour for es­cap­ing tight park­ing spa­ces post ex­tra-mar­i­tal ren­dezvous. And launch con­trol.

The M3 and C63 take mul­ti­ple set­tings into ter­tiary education territory. All you need to know is that the C63 S works bril­liantly when its In­di­vid­ual dy­namic mode has Com­fort sus­pen­sion, Sport driv­e­train, Sport+ ex­haust and ESP Sport. The ace up M3’s sleeve is a pair of M Drive but­tons. We pre­ferred Com­fort damp­ing in town, Com­fort steer­ing for park­ing, Sport damp­ing on twisty roads and Sport steer­ing most of the time. Plus M Dy­namic Mode ( MDM) for ESC and a mid set­ting for the gearshift speed.

Ah, the good old days, when things were sim­ple….

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