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Okay, this may be the dumbest question ever posted here, but bear with me, I'm an old fart (48). Just traded the WRX for an STi, love it! I am not a hyper-aggressive driver, mostly love the midrage power surge in 3rd, carving through traffic, those awesome brakes, etc. But I find in this car I get more traffic-light "challenges" than in the WRX or my prior S2000 (got rid of it because undriveable in snow) or NSX. I am not into melting my tires or frying my clutch, but I do know I am not moving off the line as fast as I could be (within reason), mostly because I have never driven a boosted car that has a 6-speed really hard. So the dumb question is: "Without frying the clutch, what is best way to get to say 80 mph or so?" Delay shifts to redline? Shift at torque peak (but then lose time by having to row through more gears)? Start at what rpm before dropping clutch? Etc.

I KNOW you guys know this better than I do, so share advice and tips please. Not looking to get to 100% of potential, but think I am not much above 50% currently.

THANKS!

Glenn Mercer
 

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My vote is to slip the clutch for a good launch without totally putting your transmission through hell. I personally think 3k is enough. Do take it to near redline though. The earlier you shift the lower rpm band you'll begin the next gear with and generally that is not a desired effect. Keep it in the power band.
 

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Yup, pretty much what he said. Let the clutch out and you give it more gas, keeping the engine right at 3k or so until the clutch is fully engaged, then let her loose. Some people would say short shift because the heart of the power band isn't at red line, but like evoklr said, you don't want to screw yourself in the next gear.
 
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