Re: Advice on 159JTDm Qtronic
I am 1 week into ownership of a 159 Ti 3.2, with Qtronic. Being my first auto, I was unsure I would enjoy the change.
- Auto mode is excellent, managing the timing of all up and down shifts well.
- Sport mode works very, very well, holding each gear longer during up shifts and accelerator lift-offs. Kills fuel economy but I guess that's not the point.
- Mixed feelings about the sequential mode caused me to return the car to the dealer today for evaluation.
When accelerating in first gear and approaching redline, I manually select 2nd gear and the electronics immediately shift in to 3rd. It does not hold 2nd gear to redline (which it does in auto-sport mode).
Or so I thought.
Apparently, the timing of my shift, closely follows the auto-override shift of the transmission. This means the electronics select 2nd and my input, immediately adds the shift to 3rd.
Lesson learned. Let the electronics shift up close to (or at) redline (if that is where you want the change to occur) and use manual control for everything else.
If you really must have an auto, Qtronic does the job really well. Once you learn how to get the best from it. I am obviously still learning but having a great time doing so. A truly excellent car.