Help! How do you drive an AUTOMATIC?
Okay, I'm not really that dumb, but I do need some rudimentary info about driving a slushbox...
I've had manual transmissions in everything I've owned that I would ever drive fast and/or fun. I've only had autos in trucks, SUVs, etc.
I have an 1/8th mile track a few miles away and I'd like to take my 2006 330Ci Convert ZHP out for a run. I can drive the snot out of a manual, but this car is, unfortunately, a STEPTRONIC automatic. Good on some days, bad on others...depends on my mood I guess. It's growing on me.
1. How do I launch? Hold the brakes and release out at what RPM?
2. Use the STEPTRONIC or just put my right foot through the floorboard? If steptronic, what RPM is best to hit it (since it won't shift immediately I assume)
3. If not using steptronic, will it shift on its own or do I need to let up at 6800 for it to upshift?
(I know this all sounds extremely stupid for a 43 year old man to be asking, but I'm serious! I don't want to hurt my car, but I don't want to embarrass the good BMW name at the track either.)
Thanks. I'm leaving now. You can start laughing in 3...2...1.........