AHTOXA wrote:Not 6th, but all lower gears as I accelerate. I'll usually nearly mat it while shifting somewhat early around 3k revs. Because I shift early I don't accelerate that fast, but the throttle is very open.
That is how I drive fuel-injected cars too, though some cars at much lower RPM. In the VW, with its short gears, good power-to-weight ratio, and low RPM torque, 3000 RPM would have been ricing around like a teenager begging for a ticket. I shifted that car when it hit somewhere between 1200 and 2000 (depending). In my wife's Sunfire, with better gears, a little less torque, and less patience than I used to have (yeah, been a bit more zoomy lately but still obeying limits) I'll hit 2000-3000.
Although fuel economy is a critical factor for me and I have found that it always responds more favorably to that driving technique than to any competing technique, I too would do it the same even without the fuel economy benefit. I prefer to use whatever torque there is (a little or a lot) instead of any unnecessary "vroom", and the ability to do this is one of my favorite advantages of manual transmissions.
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