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i started this tread because i was just to exited about discovering i have LC on my car.

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calcoupe said:
Wille,

Hold back the down shift paddle in 1st (foot on brake), the gear indicator will flash and beep, stomp the gas.
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OH MY GOD!!!!!

i just tried what you posted in my 03 coupe and i almost had a heart attack when i herd some beeps and the i got the auto light on and a red light that looks like a small Dino chart.

i tested if this was LC and it is...

i put it in sport mode and put the left pedal down and slammed the gas and oh my god the car jumped and changed gears in a way i had never experienced.

i haven't tried it on the 04 coupe but i don't think it will have it. the 03 coupe is my fiance and i drive the silver 04. (i think that the cars are going to have to change)

i want this 03 until i die.

it rocks!!!

i cant even express my excitement i think i have to start a new tread.

- willie


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i originally answered a post on another tread and i got a reply explaining that only 02 coupe have LC. we have a 03 coupe and a 04 coupe. i tried to see if i have LC on the 03 coupe and it worked.

it is so, but so cool. the car comes alive and tells you that he is a Italian with racing DNS.

has anyone had some experience with LC?

it would be cool if we can test the difference in speed to 60 or 100 with and without.

-Willie
 

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I tried it...

Willie

are you sure this is launch control...I gave it a quick try since I was on a crowded road with stop lights each block....

Yes, it went into Auto/Sport/and the Cambio Light came on....

it appeared the car wanted to shift on its own, like in AUTO mode

did you use the paddles at some point or does the LC work in AUTO where it shifts for you?
 

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I gave it a go in my '05 4200 and dont think it is LC. I think the car behaves this way because it thinks that with you holding the paddle, there is a fault. It does this if you hold either paddle, and my 'take-off' didnt seem any different.
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I would have to agree with you Tim

the red light that comes on is a CambioCorsa warning light, detecting a fault in the system...perhaps, Willlie, you are just experiencing the performance of stomping on the gas?....If I take off MSP in Sport, I can spin the wheels and my car will take off like a rocket.....

is there something in the Owners manual in regards to Launch Control? My car is at the shop right now, being raised a bit, so I don't have my manual handy
 

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surfnirnava said:
I gave it a go in my '05 4200 and dont think it is LC. I think the car behaves this way because it thinks that with you holding the paddle, there is a fault. It does this if you hold either paddle, and my 'take-off' didnt seem any different.
Tim

Hi surfnirnava,

i assume that you are not in the us. (by calling your car a 4200) if that's the case then, you should have LC on your car. is this what it looks like or is It something different.

Willie
 

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demoe said:
Willlie, you are just experiencing the performance of stomping on the gas?....If I take off MSP in Sport, I can spin the wheels and my car will take off like a rocket.....
i haven't taken off the MSP, i will do it today and then try, if the car spins its wheels and doesn't launch fast then it's not LC. (that sucks man) the car did launch fast and with no wheel spin. i did noticed that the clutch was engaged instantly even if you don't jam on the gas. try to feel the difference from start with and without this. i think we are on to something.

but it did feel like LC, i have a friend in Mexico that has a F430 and he said that that is the same way he puts his in launch mode, but the did say that on his Ferrari the gear indicator flashes from first gear to LC and i don't see that.

-willie
 

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According to the owner's manual for my 2002 Spyder, pulling back the downshift paddle when the trans is already in first gear causes a beep, a flashing gear indicator, and engages "special parking maneuver mode" (henceforward SPPM) - with no description of what that is exactly.

I'm not stomping the gas - as the revs come up, the SPPM self cancels - but I don't see the cambiocorsa warning light come on. The fact that you're getting it during an extreme launch kinda worries me - these transmissions are finicky enough without overstressing them.
 

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"SPPM" helps when starting from rest on an incline - either in first or in reverse (so typically when parking).
As I understand it it causes the cc system to drop the clutch quicker (engages fully at at lower revs).
Anyone who has tried to reverse the car up a slope will soon discover how much better the clutch works when you engage "SPPM" by pulling down from 1st or Reverse.

I do not use this feature on level ground - but maybe it does buy you a slightly sharper launch (very slightly)?
 

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So from reading all this, how do I best get off the block in a hurry without burning the clutch and not having one of the "older" models? No offense!
My GranSport does not have launch capability, has it? Still new to me and laerning every day!
 

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Simple answer: Put it in Sport, and push the pedal in all the way. And hang on. That is the best launch.
 

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I realize I am posting on this a bit late, but I recently found out just how different the car launches depending on how fast you go between brakes and mashing the gas. Even in the Quattroporte (!) if you simply mash the gas fast enough it will basically just drop the clutch and throttle modulation is your launch control.

(with SPORT on and MSP off)

- Mark
 
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