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So just been out in my 458, and got me wondering what setting do most people drive daily on?

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So just been out in my 458, and got me wondering what setting do most people drive daily on?
Is there another setting other than Race mode?
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Is there another setting other than Race mode?
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.
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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.

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Is there another setting other than Race mode?
Not on mine.
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Not on mine.
Including the Scud?

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Not on mine.
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

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Including the Scud?
Only on the Scud
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His other cars don't have a Manetino.

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His other cars don't have a Manetino.
Most of them don't even have electric windows.
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OK so that is it I am getting old! Sport and race from now on!

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His other cars don't have a Manetino.
My guess his 612 does!

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My guess his 612 does!
Nope on the 612. Just a button for sport & CST off.
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OK I am old!

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Paul- No Manettino on 612s, even the OTOs.

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Paul- No Manettino on 612s, even the OTOs.
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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Gus- Thanks. I screwed that one up completely. I looked in the US MY 10 owners manual and missed the Manettino switch.

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But Gus what setting did you drive on most of the time?

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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.


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Race mode soft setting in dry mild to warm weather.

After I switch to Michelins the other settings will come into play - simply don't trust the Pirelli's in any other weather.

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