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The GT F-1 models (MC-SHIFT / Stradale) do have adaptive shifting, meaning the harder you drive the faster it will shift, we didn't really want to ruin that feature but instead just allow you to enjoy the car more easily and without having to drive it quite so hard to get the better performance. The DBW will help get you the faster shifts sooner and without having to drive as hard but there are still protections in the system that we don't override such as for safety of the gearbox, including warming up. Also, there is a point where if you bring the fastest shifts on too quickly or not under the right circumstances, you'll run into a problem where it actually snaps pretty hard on the shift and can set off other alarms, so we found that the speed of the shift on these faster models does have to be matched to your acceleration or it will not be a smooth experience and is harder on the equipment. For those who've felt that quick hard shift on these rare GT F-1 models, you'll know what we're talking about there.
Agree with Craig on the F1 Transmission improvements, there is quite a bit of difference from the earlier F355, which was really the first generation F-1. The early 360 cars were the next generation, the later 360 / 430 cars had further improvements and the 599 was improved quite a bit again. The MC-SHIFT / Stradale Maserati shares the same gearbox as the 599 so it's really a good bit of technology in there!
Either way, the GTS or MC Stradale w/ F-1 are the best performers in the Maserati F-1 world currently and we all agree that they are a blast to drive!
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