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Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: London, England
It just alters the gear change points in the auto-box.
City = normal
Sport = holds revs longer
Ice = starts in 2nd gear to lower torque
All in the manual:
SELECTING THE DRIVING MODES
The automatic gearbox for this car is controlled
electronically and includes the selection
of three different driving modes, thereby
giving the best response in terms of driving
comfort, consumption levels, sporty performance
and travelling safety.
The three driving modes CITY, SPORT
and ICE are selected by 2 buttons on the
centre console (fig. 139).
The button (A-fig. 139) selects the
CITY or SPORT functions, the button
(B-fig. 139) selects the mode.
With the ignition key at MAR, the driving
mode selected is indicated by the lighting
up of the corresponding word on the display
on the instrument cluster (rev counter):
CITY ( button (A-fig. 139)
This is used under normal operating conditions;
it gives preference to comfortable
driving and balanced consumption control
engaging gears at relatively low engine
SPORT (button (A-fig. 139)
This is selected when wanting to avail of
the vehicle’s peak performance for sporty
driving or on demanding routes.
Driving in the SPORT mode increases fuel
WARNING The CITY or SPORT driving
modes can be selected under any condition
(vehicle stationary or on the move).
WARNING When the car is started with
a cold engine, the system selects the
SPORT driving mode, even if the CITY
mode has been selected, until the engine
reaches normal operating temperature.
ICE ( button (B-fig. 133) pressed):
This driving mode is recommended when
the road surface offers poor grip (snow, ice,
etc.). Moving off takes place in 2nd gear.
The ICE driving mode is available only with
the selector lever at D.
Moving the lever from D, the ICE mode
is automatically cut off.
WARNING The ICE driving mode can
be engaged pressing the corresponding button
also with the car on the move, provided
that the speed is below 45 km/h.
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