I had my first drive today, from Pompano Beach to Fort Lauderdale, to Miami Beach, hours of joy. First of all, learning the A/C was a trick, everything is so simple and I've been driving newer F1s with everything pretty much automated. This is totally an "In Control" F355 GTS drive.
The gears are next, I notice that in the manual, keeping the revs above 4 is advised, in traffic, it seems odd, I want to ensure I drive it properly and I noticed that I almost stalled, embarrassingly I haven't had a stick in over a decade, it's been F1s. Also, I notice that sometimes I seem to (lightly) pop the clutch, just a little, I want to avoid this, smoother driving- takes more learning. It's like nothing I've driven before. The Lotus Esprits had the turbo to work with when shifting, plus they kind-of shifted into the next gear automatically and the GTS is sliding with WILL. I find that I find the gear I want and go, I'm in total control. Third seems to be the crunch gear, not a sound, I feel it, once in gear, that it has a little crunch in the ball.
Once I get it on the interstates and around the 595, cornering and really driving through the gears, that's when I know I'm home. That's Contentment. Total and impeccable contentment. This car is made for me. I was afraid, when I first got in. I kept the RPMs lower than I knew I should have until I reached the interstate and it's like SHE took over, She was like, Look what I can do, watch this and THAT is the driving experience. She lives for the interstate highway, and country roads that wind and turn, she seems happier when she's winding around.
I haven't taken the Targa off yet. Steven advised that taking the Targa off should really be done without the A/C on, it's truly a climate control A/C, regardless of measurements outside, it feels the inside and will produce ice. I really want to take the top off and enjoy the GTS with the A/C but it's too hot, even at night. So, I left it on and kept on, and on and on and on.
The car is the perfect size for everything and there are NO BLINDSPOTS ! I couldn't imagine that part, how could the GTS 355 not have a blind-spot. Well, it doesn't and also the cabin room is perfect for me. I have little spots to place things that I don't want roaming around the cockpit, It's an amazing piece of art.
After the long drive, I had to fuel up, I am not familiar with the car and I remembered that the gas door was a pull or a button, I thought it was a pull so I looked around, no where. I pulled out the manual and found that it's the button (SILLY)... I giggled and pushed the button. Nothing happened. I turned the car on and pushed the button, nothing. I lightly, then double clicked.. lol. nothing. I drove home and will dig in and see what that's all about... Now I need GAS ! LOL. This brings me to another subject;
In the yachts, the gas is better when it doesn't have any kind of additive, like - what's the additive in the gas these days (USA), the corn that is everywhere? My mind is blank. Before filling up, Do I find a particular station that doesn't have ETHANOL ? That's the name. I don't want to put Premium that has ethanol included. Do you fill up with this and does it cause issues ? I recall the 2002 Coupe Cambiocorsas that I had both had issues with Ethanol additive. The 2006 I have does not care about this additive. Since this GTS is a 1997 (Ethanol was introduced in the 90s here), do I find stations that have Ethanol free premium gas ? If so, how do you find this. Also, All Ferraris come with Shell oil in the manual, Everyone does Mobil1 here. There is a Mobil1 gas station somewhere around here, do I use it as my primary station ?
All in all, This driving machine is way better than the 348TS and Totally better driving than the 2006 Cambiocorsa. The Cambio has more horse power but I think the GTS can access the horses faster, especially with the gated stick.
I'm in love.