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Any advise on getting off the line quickly from a dead stop?

With MSP OFF, I punch it from a dead stop and it hesitates, then kicks in. With MSP ON, it hesitates, kicks in, hesitates, kicks in. When it gets going, it screams, but that first 10mph or so is tough (slow). Tires don't spin at all right off the line.

Is something wrong, or do you guys have a trick to it?

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I discussed about the same problem with my mechanic, he said below 2000 RPM, there is a torque limitation done by the ECU directly on the engine. Then above 2000 you have total power/torque. The goal of this new configuration is to have a smoother car (I don't care). For the best launch: 1st gear in sport mode, then simply push the gas pedal as hard as possible and wait... Yes the car behavior is bizarre but it seems to be the only way to reach 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. :?
 

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Had that same Hiccup on my M3 SMG so that's why I went with a GT on my Spyder, But after driving both cars I now realize that even with a clutch pedal you still get a little delay, Just seems you don't notice it as much cause you are concentrating on letting the clutch out just right. Whereas with the Cambio you just stomp on it and will feel that little delay a little more. Bottom line is they both get to 60mph or 100km at the same time
 

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Bottom line is they both get to 60mph or 100km at the same time
It may be true, but I have a hard time believing that if I had a GT and a Cambio, their 0 - 60 times with MSP off would be the same (I do have some drag racing experience). If it is true, I could only conclude that the hesitation at launch on the Cambio is made up with the 1st to 2nd shift when running to 60 mph. Consider also that the Cambio has some mass to make up for as well.

I'd expect the Cambio to prevail in a 1/4 mile run, with time gained on the 1st - 4th gear changes. Any data from Maserati on Cambio vs. GT? I've seen Coupe and Spyder comparisons, but not Cambio vs GT models.
 

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I have also looked for that info but have not found anything, The Maserati books show them as the same. When I bought my M3 SMG was told the SMG was quicker but that was proven false by a few car mags that did comparisons, The regular was always a couple of tenth's faster. But they use very experienced drivers and I think in the real world both would be more equal due to harder to mess up a shift with the SMG. Same with the Maserati, I know I must be careful shifting from 1st to 2nd as its real easy to mess up. It is not a straight back pull, When you get about half way down you must pull the lever towards you. I do believe a clutch will beat same level of experienced driver off the line, But Sequential Gear box would win at the track.
 

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I do believe a clutch will beat same level of experienced driver off the line, But Sequential Gear box would win at the track.
I agree. I guess OEM's are more concerned with track times than 0-60 street launches, which should be the case. That delay is just a bit frustrating sometimes. I have to get used to it.... I think I'm craving launch control. Think of how much that would improve 0-60 and 1/4 mile times.


Conversly, I don't think I'll ever get used to the MSP on dry pavement. That mode almost had me in serious trouble, cutting out the engine on me while pulling out into traffic. I think it's a bit too sensitive and too aggressive on the throttle (ignition) cut out for my taste. Wish it had another setting or two.

I'd also like to be able to start the car with Sport on and MSP off - or at least have it maintain the setting I used last. I'm getting into a start-up ritual that includes pressing both those buttons before going anywhere.

Still love the car, though... don't want to sound too pessimistic, just striving for perfection, in my eyes. My last car was a Viper, and I try not to use it's performance as the primary benchmark, but instead concentrate on the total package... which is where the Maserati stands out leagues ahead.
 

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I seem to have more problems when taking off at a slow/moderate clip - normal takeoff followed by the cambiocorsa dumping the clutch - the end results being a surge of power. Takes a little getting used to, but I am OK with it. More spirited takeoffs are generally a little smoother. Just in case, I plan to stomp on the gas pedal a couple of times on my next car outing just help out my fellow maseratiforum folks. Aren't I a pal?
 

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The new QP is going to have three settings for MSP, ON...ON Sport...OFF.

Also it is very difficult to get the rear tires to slip in these cars. Nine times out of ten the clutch will slip before the tires will.
 
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