"The engine responds directly to your inputs and takes on a more powerful tone"

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What exactly does "takes on a more powerful tone." mean? This is found in the manual when you select "track" mode.

Does it actually change anything? I think I can hear a difference but maybe its just a placebo thing going on?

Does anyone acutally know?





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Track mode sharpens throttle response, so that explains "the engine responds directly to your inputs" but I don't know what they mean exactly by the last part. There aren't any intake or exhaust baffles so it's not like there is any physical change that would make the engine "take on a more powerful tone."

Maybe they were being figurative, but that would be odd for an owner's manual.
 

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Because we have a throttle-by-wire setup, Ford can manipulate the throttle sensitivity by using "modes". For example, say in normal you push the gas pedal 25% of it's travel...the throttle will open 25%. Put it in track mode and that 25% pedal movement now moves the throttle blade 40%. This gives the effect of increase response and tone.
 
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Track mode sharpens throttle response, so that explains "the engine responds directly to your inputs" but I don't know what they mean exactly by the last part. There aren't any intake or exhaust baffles so it's not like there is any physical change that would make the engine "take on a more powerful tone."

Maybe they were being figurative, but that would be odd for an owner's manual.
yea thats what i was thinking too. there is nothing to adjsut the sound but the intake soundtube to the cabin, maybe that has something to do with it?
 

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I think its a figure of speech. Like the throttle would feel more aggressive.
 

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:rant:Remember when your mom used to say "Don't take that tone with me!"? I think it means things are about to get real... :rant:

In track mode, things get 'real' really fast.
 

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I could be imagining it but I think the "sound tube" changes what it pumps into the car depending on the driving mode. Sounds different to me anyway.
 

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There are no electronic or mechanical adjustments in the sound tube that I know of, so I don't see how that would work.
 

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DanDglassman has it right. The tone they're talking about isn't sound tone, it's attitude tone.
 

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Could more abrupt throttle position changes change the resonance in the intake?

Just trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I have limited seat time in the S550 GT so far but I sure didn't notice anything in particular about the sound when switching to sport mode. :)
 

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