Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,859
Max- If your last car was a late model Corvette, the absolute speed capability of the two cars is about the same. The C6 Z06 I traded for my 575M was way quicker. There are two ways to drive an F1 car. The first is the way I drive mine by treating it exactly like it was a manual transmission and always selecting whatever gear you want and not letting the car auto-downshift for you. When coming to a full stop, I select neutral instead of letting the car do two or three wasted downshifts, same as when I drove my manual transmission cars. If I need a lower gear, I select it for corners, which is where the real fun of F1 is. The second way to drive it is like it is an automatic transmission and let it do its thing. After 3 1/2 years in my car, I have never pushed in the Auto button and my car has never made an automatic (revs getting too low) downshift. So you know which way I vote.
If you select neutral coming to a stop and the light changes to green, you can hit the upshift paddle and that will give you the highest gear in which the car will run smoothly, and that is way too high a gear. If instead, you hit the downshift paddle, you will get one gear lower, and you and the car will be much happier.
Try not to back up hills, because reverse is almost as high a gear as second and this will cause accelerated clutch wear and, likely, a bad smell of burned clutch lining.
Others will disagree with me, but you asked. Just drive it like you did your Corvette if it had a 6 speed.
Very pretty car with the modular wheels and great color combination.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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