Well you see, what got me thinking was an article in evo magazine from the UK regarding the f12 and how they think there is only one setting for that and its race, but in the 458 i run around normally in sport and in the ff run around in comfort.
Am I getting old?
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Paul- You hear that in all the F1 cars, dry clutch and DCT, from some owners. Not for me. I use normal most of the time (sport on your car), and only select sport (your race) when in a big hurry. Easier on the drivetrain.
Not on mine either, just select soft suspension setting for rough roads, but 99% of the time in race. When I want to be more aggressive in 1ST gear, sometimes start in Sport, but then switch to Race after 2nd gear, strictly for better traction
Terry, my previous 612, the later generation, has manettino setting...'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'CST Off' (see picture). In the UK, all model with panoramic glass roof top has the manettino setting instead of buttons.
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For me, there are 3 different 458's and I invoke all of them at various points.
1. In town - up to 30 km/h
The throttle is too sensitive on most modes and this makes driving the car uncomfortable particularly for the passenger, as the car jerks forward when you hit a bit of a rough surface (like cobbled stone streets). So in town, I set the manettino to "WET", and to keep the revs down, I also set the transmission to AUTO. This makes for very smooth slow driving, where the car reacts much more lazily.
2. Out of town but boring driving on long trips
I set the manettino to "SPORT" and transmission to manual. In this setting the exhaust valves open later than in RACE and it makes for more enjoyable highway driving if you are not in a hurry. Usually have the stereo on in this setting as well.
3. Enjoying the car
Manettino on "RACE" and of course transmission to manual. Stereo off. Pedal to the metal! Sometimes, particularly on italian roads, I will switch on the "bumpy road" setting of the suspension too.
I love the fact that you can switch these 3 personalities on so easily, and you can really tell the difference between them. The 458 is a very flexible beast.