Any further comments now that you have had the tune for a few days? Any negative behavior?
I now have my 3.0 Continental. The engine is very strong. It really jumps from a dead stop. However, the 1-2 shift is awful at wide open throttle. It feels like someone shuts off the engine during the shift. If a tune eliminates or at least reduces that, it would cut half a second off the 0-60 time.
Congrats on the Continental! Your 1-2 shift complaint is pretty much expect with any of these 6F55 transmission vehicles. Its done on purpose because otherwise, with fast great shifts you would be feeling all that torque energy pretty hard and worry if your transmission is breaking...but it is the nature of high performance and especially just how much power the 3.0T really can do.
I did a nice long trip between Cincinnati and Marietta Georgia...plenty of time with the tune at hand. I just sent them a feedback in regards to where the transmission still needs work. The engine has plenty of power, and in fact...it is probably overpowered for the rest of the vehicle. The transmission might be Lincoln's concern as to why the ECU is so naggy on power demand, but of course they have to account for every kind of driver there is. Not everyone knows how to properly take care of a turbocharged vehicle.
The tune is a major improvement. But as I mentioned before, transmission shifting still needs more optimization and improving whatever causes the Torque Management system to behave so strictly. I know of the 1-2 shift "lag and power drop" and yes, that is indeed the Torque Management and ECU safety systems at work. The stock tune is ultra conservative. The Livernois V1 tune is an improvement, allowing at least power to not be "bogged down" but still has a shift delay at times. It's feels like remnants of the stock tune still there trying to hold things back more than anything.
So Lincoln wanted to "smooth the shifting experience" the best they can, but still...if someone wants comfort over performance then they do not go for a high power engine. It's just like with motor mounts: Higher performance means more vibration and sounds. In our case, its Torque "kick-back" and shifting. The 6F55 however is at its limits on how much comfort vs performance it can do, which its a durable transmission...just rough when it needs to focus on being a performer. I DO know it can shift faster, because the V11 aggressive tune I had on my Fusion was superb in fast shifting with barely any delay...may not have had high horsepower but the fast shifting was awesome. I believe Livernois will get there one day and this 6F55 will be excellent for high performance moments then.
Mind you, Drive gear is still smooth for daily driving and cruising. So no worries on losing the daily driving comfort. Any torque kick back and shifting feels is just when you demand high amounts of throttle especially in Sport gear...and to me, that is fine as we are focusing more on performance which usually trades off comfort in exchange.
Long story short: The 3.0T is still a bit conservative with Livernois' V1 tune when playing it for transmission performance, but they did admit to that and having to approach it carefully. The first major improvement is not having a lot of that power demand loss because the torque management system tries to keep the overall system in check. With a tune, it at least doesn't "Hold Power" then "GO!" but "starts going then sudden GO!" if that makes sense.
Edited by Zalvern, 26 December 2016 - 07:05 PM.