What do eco, sport and normal drive modes mean on a manual transmission?

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And same with mud, snow and rock. Does the transmission act any different if it's a manual?


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And same with mud, snow and rock. Does the transmission act any different if it's a manual?
It isn't only transmission. The agressiveness of the traction control, stability control and ABS are also involved.
 

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if it's anything like what VW offers for DCC, the modes will also affect weighting for the steering, throttle response, and how open the exhaust is. on my golf R, that last one
opens the valves for two of the four exhaust pipes and tweaks up the soundaktor for more in-cabin engine noise...
 

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There’s plenty of things other than just the shifts of the transmission that can be messed with for different modes. One of my motorcycles has 3 different “modes” you can choose, normal sport or tour. On it, for the most part it just adjusts the throttle response, sport making it snappier so takes less twist of the throttle to get more, tour goes the other way, makes throttle smoother but longer twist if you want full throttle. On a 4 wheel vehicle there’s even more systems to adjust and mess with. So while it won’t effect the manual transmission because that’s controlled by the driver, it can change all sorts of other things. Even with a manual there’s a lot of computer control for everything else.
 

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Very information, but keep in mind that it's still basically just conjecture at this point.
 

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Reviving a dead thread to see if anyone knows anything more yet.

From personal experience it seems like the throttle response is reduced in eco. Not sure what else but haven't driven it a ton in eco. Around here you need to get up and go quickly or get rear ended :)

Anyone else experience anything else different?
 

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Never used Eco mode but I suspect it softens the throttle response. Some (like me) think this is not conducive to economy as I’ve read that it’s more economical to quickly get to speed rather than slowing speed up.
 

 
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