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Launch control

Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by Andy305, Apr 9, 2020.

  1. Andy305

    Andy305 Active Member

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    How do you launch the cupra? Not that I am really fussed about doing this in all honesty but now I've got some time to go round and really learn the car I'm not aware of how to do it. In my understanding you press the button on console to reduce the ESC or something along those lines! But the car into cupra mode select drive and foot on the brake? I've done this and nothing happened! What are the steps? Thanks
     
  2. Zer0

    Zer0 Active Member

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    Only launched 3-4 times but from memory:

    ESC off or sport. Gearbox in S. Left foot hard on the brake padel. Right foot hard on the acc. Let go of brake and of you go. Lovely sensation.
     
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  3. motty225

    motty225 B9 S4

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    Don't expect anything to come up on the dash or anything saying launch active, its just ESC off, gearbox in S left foot brake right fit throttle and lift off the brake
     
  4. B9MYO

    B9MYO Active Member

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    Only done my a couple of times as I've just got it, pretty simple really.

    ESC off
    DSG into sport (or use Cupra/Sport mode)
    Left foot on brake
    Right foot on accelerator
    Foot off brake and go!

    Mine comes up saying launch control active but you don't always get a notification.

    Be aware it'll only let you do it fully when the car is up to running temperature.
     
  5. Invertigo

    Invertigo Active Member

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    And prepare for a very squirrely front end with abundance of wheel hop if you dont have a 4wd ST!
     
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  6. Oliver Pawley

    Oliver Pawley Active Member

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    I'm assuming usage has increased wear on the engine? Every now and again should be fine but I'm assuming constant use isn't too healthy?

    Sent from my CLT-L09 using Tapatalk
     
  7. motty225

    motty225 B9 S4

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    It puts alot of load on the clutch, but if seat thought it was damaging they wouldn't fit it as a feature, and seeming as the clutch is a wearable part it wouldn't be covered under warrenty anyways, there was talk on the RS forums that the ecu did a count everytime you used launch and after so many warrenty was void, but there is no hard proof of it, I've used it dozens of times in my s4 and it still runs like new
     
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  8. Lmbarrett83

    Lmbarrett83 Active Member

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    On the MY19 it does say launch active and you get a great sound from the exhaust as the revs hit 3 or 4k (can't remember)

    As mine is the fwd drive version though that's as far as I go. I don't actually launch it.

    It's a cool little party trick though on the 4xdrive VAGs.

    Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
     
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  9. Oliver Pawley

    Oliver Pawley Active Member

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    Exactly what I've done, put it in Just for the sounds but never launched

    Sent from my CLT-L09 using Tapatalk
     
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  10. KernelOkey

    KernelOkey Active Member

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    I have friendz with 100+ launches and no problem
     
  11. Tonezz

    Tonezz Active Member

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    This is on the 280 as well?
     
  12. B9MYO

    B9MYO Active Member

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    From what I can recall it's on them all but unsure if it's the same to use it, best to check the owners manual
     
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  13. Lmbarrett83

    Lmbarrett83 Active Member

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    Yes the 280 DSG had launch control. Just won't sound quite so good (stock).
    It'll launch just as badly as the other fwd Mk3/.5s

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  14. jack rush

    jack rush Active Member

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    Tried out launch control on my new FWD 290 the other day.

    On a relatively fresh road surface it launched with hardly and issue, minor wheel spin.

    Second time on a different road, launched with no traction issues, pulled really well.

    Third time on a well used road, felt like a jack hammer was under the bonnet. Never experienced so much wheel hop before.

    On the right road surface the FWD hatch can launch just fine.
     
  15. Seastormer

    Seastormer Cupra 280/CBF1000

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    What tyres did it come with as PS4S 's are the ones to have
     
  16. jack rush

    jack rush Active Member

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    You know what, I haven't actually checked! I'm assuming it came with Conti's. So far I've been pleasantly surprised by them, I was expecting them to be awful, but they've been ok so far.

    I had planned to get a set of PS4s's soon after delivery, but had to put that on hold with the lockdown.

    I'll get some eventually though.
     
  17. KXL

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    There is also the GY Supersports, which is the direct rival to Mic PS4S, one person on the forum who has tried both, prefered the GY, cheaper too! Here's a review of both head 2 head;
     
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  18. Dannnnn

    Dannnnn Active Member

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    Since having the powerflex hybrid bush installed on mine, it launches with no wheelhop at all. Wheel spin though, there's loads of that

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  19. fluffy01016

    fluffy01016 1.21 Gigawatt !!

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    Used for the first time today. Was surprised at how well it gripped and launched, even with the 4Drive. Certainly felt like the claimed 4.6s 0-60 time
     
  20. Zer0

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    I think the claimed stock time is 4.9s for the ST 4Drive which it will do no problem with LC, probably faster than that if grip is good.
     

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