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I’m quite happy with the gearbox and the decisions it makes. What am I missing by leaving it to do all the work instead of using those lovely metal devices?
 

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“It saves precious seconds lol.”
So does being too lazy to read the book!
I had a look at the paddles on the Macan at Geneva yesterday and they’re plastic. Despite Autocar saying the Alfa interior materials are “rubbish” compared to the Porsche in a comparison last week.
 

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I’m quite happy with the gearbox and the decisions it makes. What am I missing by leaving it to do all the work instead of using those lovely metal devices?
The ZF-8 auto box is cleverer than any auto box I've driven before and in normal circumstances I don't use the paddles, except for selecting Neutral or Drive.

I will sometimes change down using the paddles when, for example, slowing to enter a roundabout to have the ability to pull away quicker. Though with the torque on tap that really isn't necessary.

When pressing on on a country road, I may use the paddles to change down for a bend though I do find that the box often holds the lower gear longer than I would like, so I'm more likely to use Manual and the paddles for a spirited drive.

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The ZF-8 auto box is cleverer than any auto box I've driven before and in normal circumstances I don't use the paddles, except for selecting Neutral or Drive.

I will sometimes change down using the paddles when, for example, slowing to enter a roundabout to have the ability to pull away quicker. Though with the torque on tap that really isn't necessary.

When pressing on on a country road, I may use the paddles to change down for a bend though I do find that the box often holds the lower gear longer than I would like, so I'm more likely to use Manual and the paddles for a spirited drive.

Andy
I too, find the box holds on too long but I noticed the other day that the gear number appears on the dash when using the paddles-it's only taken me 17 months to spot it!
 

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I love going back to auto after flicking over to manual for a stint.
This has been documented in "neat touches" ... if you're in manual, pull both paddles, the lever clicks back to centre the pull the right paddle and it puts you back in drive

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I use them a fair bit on the motorway on overtaking manoeuvres for a bit more zip rather than kicking down.

Longer Pull (-) Shifts by 2 D8 -> D6 for example.

Long Pull (+) sticks it back in D Full Auto

You can pull down for longer according to the manual ... but haven’t found the need to as yet



And they also feel lovely


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I use the paddles for 1 mile of my commute home every day. It's a tight, twisty, uphill road. Also, I always use the paddles when moving from Park to Drive. Apart from that, auto all the way.

When I was younger I constantly played Richard Burns Rally on the PC with my steering wheel and paddles. This is just the grown up equivalent. Unnecessary but just so satisfying.
 

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I haven’t got my Veloce yet so forgive the question. In order to place the car in drive when setting off I just need to flick the + paddle? Also, can we switch from auto to full manual whilst driving? Thanks.
 

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I haven’t got my Veloce yet so forgive the question. In order to place the car in drive when setting off I just need to flick the + paddle? Also, can we switch from auto to full manual whilst driving? Thanks.
Yes and yes.
 

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I haven’t got my Veloce yet so forgive the question. In order to place the car in drive when setting off I just need to flick the + paddle? Also, can we switch from auto to full manual whilst driving? Thanks.
What would be nice if anyone has the time would be a full post in the form of a list of what does what on paddles...(i suppose we could just read the manual, if it does say what a 'double pull' achieves for example putting it back in auto). i really should have a decent look at it after a year and a half!
 

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I use them for locking it in a particular gear for roundabouts, so it doesn't change up or down while in the roundabout. I also use them prolifically for engine braking when on a twisty road, and again, locking into gear mid corner, then changing up quickly to keep it in the torque band. As well as all of the above. The entire gearbox/paddles set up is completely flawless in my opinion. It makes the diesel Giulia a genuinely seriously quick back road machine without going into silly speeds.
 

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I love going back to auto after flicking over to manual for a stint.
This has been documented in "neat touches" ... if you're in manual, pull both paddles, the lever clicks back to centre the pull the right paddle and it puts you back in drive

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Yes that does select Neutral and reselects drive in auto.

My preference is to push the gear lever to left manual and immediately right to auto avoiding being in neutral.

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You can use the paddles. The gear number will come up in the centre display, and after a few seconds, if you don't use the paddles again it reverts to auto. I never use the gear lever.
 
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