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Well, had my coupe for two weeks now and chalked up just over 1000 miles already. Mostly on a week's holiday, so I've really had a chance to familiarise myself with the car.

First observation - aren't "ordinary" cars slow!! 8)

Absolutely love the car. Drives great, looks great and loads of luxury. Its drawn some real attention for me. Right down to people stopping and pointing!!(and no, they weren't giving me the bird :p )

As promised I'll give you my opinions on the Sequentronic gearbox and the Parktronic parking distance sensors as you North Americans apparently don't get those on your coupes.

Sequentronic is the sequential (i.e. clutchless manual)/fully automatic gearbox for the coupe. In sequential mode you simply take your foot off the gas, tap the shifter back to change up and then back on the gas again. Obiously vice versa for reverse. If you want fully automatic you tap the shifter to the left (at any time) and you get auto. Tap it left again to go back to sequential.

I have been unable to make smooth changes in Sequential mode through 1st-2nd-3rd gears, even when being really leisurely. However, from 3rd upwards the changes are almost undetectable. Bit dissappointed with the rough changes low down, however, we're not talking heads through windscreen rough here, just not as smooth as one would expect from a Merc. Down shifting is a dream. Both up and down changes are not as swift as can be achieved with a manual box (surprise) but I am very pleased with my choice. Had the chance to spank the car down some of my favourite country lanes while on holiday and although I had to plan slightly further ahead due to the speed of the gear changes it was soooo much fun just tapping the shifter and booting the gas!! Right choice for me, especially as a lot of the roads near me are traffic nightmares - no more clutch to worry about during those jams!(but I can still have full control when I want).

Parktronic provides a bit more than the parking sensors I've seen previously. As well as the audible warning Parktronic also provides visual displays (on the dash and over the rear window) as to how close you are to objects. As you get nearer a gauge fills up in stages (showing both left and right sides). When you get to the red - stop! Works really well and I don't even have to think about parking now. Rely on the Parktronic and I end up 10-15cms away from everything.

Sorry about the lengthy post. Hope its of interest to you. I have taken a couple of shots of my coupe but the quality of my digital camera is v poor, so will wait for some better ones before I post.

Final point - does anyone feel that the gas pedal is poorly placed? Obviously my car is right hand drive, which may be the cause, but it feels to me like the gas pedal is too far over to the right. Maybe its just me but I'd be interested to hear what others think.

Cheers all.

GUY
 

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Thank you for the report. I wish I had parktronic. It sounds very useful. Sequentronic sounds interesting, but I'm not ready to give up the clutch.

There is a large space between the throttle pedal and the brake pedal. For those of us with the six speed, it means no heel and toe driving. This was done intentionally due to lawsuits against Audi several years ago. There was a rash of "unintentional acceleration" accidents. Audi lost many of the suits even though the real cause was driver error. People were putting their feet on both pedals simultaneouly, resulting in their driving through the rear walls of their garages.
 

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I actually find that given the large size of the brake pedal there isn't that much space between the brake and the gas pedal - must have big shoes :wink: However, no doubt the gas pedal has been made less prominent to avoid the sort of problem you wrote about.

Do you find the positioning a bit awkward or are you happy with it?
 

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It is a racing technique. Approaching a corner, one brakes with the toes of the right foot, disengages the clutch with the left foot, shifts to neutral, blips the throttle with the heel of the right foot to match the revs, shifts into the next gear, engages the clutch then at the proper time releases the brakes. At this time the driver turns into the corner and before hitting the apex begins accelerting through the corner. I forgot to mention double clutching. In this technique, the clutch is briefly engaged while the shifter is in neutral as the throttle is blipped by the heel of the right foot. The clutch is then disengaged and the shifter moved to the proper lower gear.

To see this done properly, rent the movie "Grand Prix".

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sequentronic... you have to take the foot off the gas before you shift?

is that true for the F1 type shifting?
 
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