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The Cambiocorsa/Duoselect cars are designed to have the accelerator held steady while shifting. The fastest acceleration up through the gears will be while holding the gas down, and the car is built and programmed for it. There is some clutch life tradeoff, though.

Like you say, for smoother part-throttle shifts, you can also let up nearly completely through the shift just like you would on a manual (because that's what it is). This is easier on clutch life.

When downshifting to accelerate under power, keeping your foot on the gas will crack off fast downshifts with that great sound. If you instead downshift first, then apply gas after the shift completes, the shift will be slow because the car thought you wanted smooth rather than fast.

Upshift and downshift shift speeds are determined by how much throttle you have applied as the shift starts: more gas = faster shift.

To downshift on the way to a stoplight, keep a little gas on through the downshift to smooth it and prevent lurching as the lower gear engages.
 

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Forgot to mention, we don't say "jerky". We say "dynamic" or "involving" instead.

Also, say "race-bred" rather than "needlessly complex".
 
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