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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Orange County, CA
Vehicle: 2008 SLK 55
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I am not a profesional driver.
On our drives on some twists, I found it less stressful and comfortable when it is in S mode and I use the (downshift) paddle shifter to limit the topmost gear to gear no. 4 (This is done at the first acceleration phase of the drive, when the gear moves to 5 as shown on the MFD, I would downshift to 4 with paddle shifter right away, after this maneuver, the gear will shift between the first 4 gears and will upshift if you hit 6500 rpm for one second or longer) and use the accelerator to regulate the speed and take advantage of the engine brake characteristic of the 55. The brakes on the 55 work quite well and are robust. I keep rpm between 2500 to 5000 w occasional burst to 6000 (based on road condition). Watch out for sandy soil that may have washed unto the road (traction loss). When in doubt, slow down. Also, leave ESP on. As Byron (RacerCub) would say, you want a smooth fluid movement around corners, tires shouldn't squeak/squeal.
Tires are important and so far I am confident with the Eagle F1 Asymmetrics. My next set may be the Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Needless to say check cold tire inflation pressure before the run.
Let us know how it goes and photos are appreciated.
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