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Been keeping up with the forum for awhile now. I too was also going back n forth between the Q50 and IS350,, decided to go with the Q.
At first was totally sold on the graphite shadow, now seeing how amazing the white and malbec black looks has that decision back open for me.
Also really reading in on the packages.. Rather to get the premium or sport.
 

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Well seems u signed on the same month as me but havent been as active so I would still want stay welcome to the forum! :D

Did u get to see these colors in person already! Malbec black is such a unique and sexy color and u basically get an obsidian black on gloomy days and a purple on sunny days! Moonlight white on the other hand is a sexy pearl color and definitely shows off the Q50 in terms of being luxurios! You wont make a mistake either way! Chestnut bronze seems nice too and venetian ruby just screams sporty!

Looking forward to your decision and pls post pics when u do get your Q50! :)
 

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I just hear that the sport seats are really nice. You get those fancy paddle shifters and those super strong brakes. If you get the non-hybrid version, it's the only way you'll get the more sporty suspension too.

I think the only downside to the Sport package is the larger wheels, which may increase road/tire noise.
 

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Well seems u signed on the same month as me but havent been as active so I would still want stay welcome to the forum! :D

Did u get to see these colors in person already! Malbec black is such a unique and sexy color and u basically get an obsidian black on gloomy days and a purple on sunny days! Moonlight white on the other hand is a sexy pearl color and definitely shows off the Q50 in terms of being luxurios! You wont make a mistake either way! Chestnut bronze seems nice too and venetian ruby just screams sporty!

Looking forward to your decision and pls post pics when u do get your Q50! :)
yeah.. lol told ya i been around lurking for a bit.
i have seen the graphite shadow in person on the q50.. and my buddy has an ipl g37 in the malbec black so ive seen it just not on the q.
 

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I just hear that the sport seats are really nice. You get those fancy paddle shifters and those super strong brakes. If you get the non-hybrid version, it's the only way you'll get the more sporty suspension too.

I think the only downside to the Sport package is the larger wheels, which may increase road/tire noise.
if i decide on premium, id def add the leather seat package and nav package.
if i go sport, ill just be adding the nav package, since it already comes with the nicer seats,, just really dont know how much id actually use the paddle shifters especially since you can manually shift with the shifter

i feel the 19inch wheels def add a sportier nicer look to the car than the standard 17 inch. so ill def go with the 19in
 

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if i decide on premium, id def add the leather seat package and nav package.
if i go sport, ill just be adding the nav package, since it already comes with the nicer seats,, just really dont know how much id actually use the paddle shifters especially since you can manually shift with the shifter

i feel the 19inch wheels def add a sportier nicer look to the car than the standard 17 inch. so ill def go with the 19in
I was just looking at a similar build at the dealership, AWD Premium w/ Leather, Nav, 19-Inch Sport Wheels and Appearance Package. Spare Tire would be nice too :)

Color is the toughest choice, Hagane Blue and Chestnut Bronze look very classy as does Moonlight White, but I got MW now so IDK about back to back.
 

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just really dont know how much id actually use the paddle shifters especially since you can manually shift with the shifter
I had the paddles on my G37, my husband used them once, I never did. The paddles probably won't get used much in my Q50 either. I got the Hybrid Sport for the suspension, larger tires, and LARGER brakes.
 

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I had the paddles on my G37, my husband used them once, I never did. The paddles probably won't get used much in my Q50 either. I got the Hybrid Sport for the suspension, larger tires, and LARGER brakes.
Do you enjoy manually shifting at all?

I still get the impression that the majority of car shoppers/buyers aren't quite sure how manual shifting and paddle shifters work, especially those that haven't driven a manual transmission before. I know it took some experimenting for me to figure out how they work best in my G37. Now I used them on a daily basis.
 

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I still get the impression that the majority of car shoppers/buyers aren't quite sure how manual shifting and paddle shifters work
Guilty. I play around with them.... But usually find myself a few minutes later asking "why am I doing this" and just shift back into drive.


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Well honestly it's still a slush box and not a dual clutch, so using the paddles isn't as thrilling because the shift aren't as quick as they are in auto mode, although using the shifter is slightly quicker. The only thing is that you can redline it in every gear if you so choose. I rarely use them too unless I am ringing it out on some curves.
 

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Do you enjoy manually shifting at all?

I still get the impression that the majority of car shoppers/buyers aren't quite sure how manual shifting and paddle shifters work, especially those that haven't driven a manual transmission before. I know it took some experimenting for me to figure out how they work best in my G37. Now I used them on a daily basis.
Up until the time I had major knee problems, I only drove stick shifts but my left knee can't handle the clutch now, especially in the stop-and-go traffic I normally drive in. My daughter was appalled the first time I got an automatic transmission since she was raised on sticks and still drives one. Any tips on how to apply all my stick shift experience to paddle shifting?
 

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Guilty. I play around with them.... But usually find myself a few minutes later asking "why am I doing this" and just shift back into drive.
Well honestly it's still a slush box and not a dual clutch, so using the paddles isn't as thrilling because the shift aren't as quick as they are in auto mode, although using the shifter is slightly quicker. The only thing is that you can redline it in every gear if you so choose. I rarely use them too unless I am ringing it out on some curves.
Up until the time I had major knee problems, I only drove stick shifts but my left knee can't handle the clutch now, especially in the stop-and-go traffic I normally drive in. My daughter was appalled the first time I got an automatic transmission since she was raised on sticks and still drives one. Any tips on how to apply all my stick shift experience to paddle shifting?
This is pretty much a copy and paste from what I've said before about paddle shifting:

I'm not sure if I can properly describe how to the use paddles properly, but for example, this is a tip for how I like to use them. In this case, I'll briefly talk about how to use them for straight acceleration from a stop.

1. While stopped, move the gear selector in DS mode.

2. Downshift (-) using the gear selector or paddle shifter. In the cluster display, you should see a "1" signifying that you're in 1st gear.

3. Step on the gas and get moving! You'll start to rev up extremely quickly so at this point, pay attention to your RPM (see Note below).

4. Once your RPM hits around 3500-4000, quickly upshift (+) to 2nd. Your RPM will still continue to stay high and speed up.

5. Now, quickly upshift again to 3rd at around 4500-5000 again. You should be at around 50mph at this point.

6. At this point if you're cruising and at a steady speed, start upshifting gear by gear (probably one gear every other second) until you get to 6th or 7th gear.

7. Remember, while in DS mode and you've activated the paddles/manual shift, when you come to a stop, the car will revert back and stay in 1st gear until you manual shift it again or until the computer takes control and upshifts for you (I recommend not letting the latter happen).

8. It might take a while to get the timing down to a comfortable level. My advice is, unless you're trying to hit redline and possibly screw up your car, try to never let the RPMs go past 5500-6000 and once you're cruising along on flat road at a constant speed, make sure to shift up to 7th gear.

Once you start messing around with the paddles in a straight line, you should eventually be able to know how to use them in turns and curvy roads.

Personally when I'm on a curvy road with uphills, I tend to stay shifting in between 3rd, 4th, or 5th. These are great gear sections for curves, especially going down to 3rd when you want to tackle steep uphills and quick accelerations out of turns.

Note: Also, of course, if you want to really have some fun, before #3, you can also turn your traction control off, turn off your A/C, and unplug anything from your power outlet. Put your left foot on the brake and your right foot on the gas. Again, with the left foot on the brake, rev up on the gas to around 4,000 rpm and gradually let off the brakes for a very interesting launch! :p I recommend only doing this when you're pretty clear on the road, btw!! (Just in case there's a little bit of spinning. :D )
 

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I had a cts with the manual shifter, and really the only time id use it was getting on the interstate having to quick get up to speed and passing if I were on a single lane road. Like others stated I so rarely used the manual shifting on regular day to day driving.
Yes I would like the sport suspension and larger brakes. And eventually im sure I'll upgrade to after market 20 inch wheels
 

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My #1use for the paddles is winter driving#2 is FUN:D

I have a lot of hills aroundd her and when we get snow I barely have to touch the brakes at all. Safest winter driving.
 

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This is pretty much a copy and paste from what I've said before about paddle shifting:

I'm not sure if I can properly describe how to the use paddles properly, but for example, this is a tip for how I like to use them. In this case, I'll briefly talk about how to use them for straight acceleration from a stop.

1. While stopped, move the gear selector in DS mode.

2. Downshift (-) using the gear selector or paddle shifter. In the cluster display, you should see a "1" signifying that you're in 1st gear.

3. Step on the gas and get moving! You'll start to rev up extremely quickly so at this point, pay attention to your RPM (see Note below).

4. Once your RPM hits around 3500-4000, quickly upshift (+) to 2nd. Your RPM will still continue to stay high and speed up.

5. Now, quickly upshift again to 3rd at around 4500-5000 again. You should be at around 50mph at this point.

6. At this point if you're cruising and at a steady speed, start upshifting gear by gear (probably one gear every other second) until you get to 6th or 7th gear.

7. Remember, while in DS mode and you've activated the paddles/manual shift, when you come to a stop, the car will revert back and stay in 1st gear until you manual shift it again or until the computer takes control and upshifts for you (I recommend not letting the latter happen).

8. It might take a while to get the timing down to a comfortable level. My advice is, unless you're trying to hit redline and possibly screw up your car, try to never let the RPMs go past 5500-6000 and once you're cruising along on flat road at a constant speed, make sure to shift up to 7th gear.

Once you start messing around with the paddles in a straight line, you should eventually be able to know how to use them in turns and curvy roads.

Personally when I'm on a curvy road with uphills, I tend to stay shifting in between 3rd, 4th, or 5th. These are great gear sections for curves, especially going down to 3rd when you want to tackle steep uphills and quick accelerations out of turns.

Note: Also, of course, if you want to really have some fun, before #3, you can also turn your traction control off, turn off your A/C, and unplug anything from your power outlet. Put your left foot on the brake and your right foot on the gas. Again, with the left foot on the brake, rev up on the gas to around 4,000 rpm and gradually let off the brakes for a very interesting launch! :p I recommend only doing this when you're pretty clear on the road, btw!! (Just in case there's a little bit of spinning. :D )
Nice write-up, thank you. What's your preference on placement? I noticed that on the Q50 they're stationary, but on my other vehicle they're attached to the wheel and turn with it. The Q's are much larger, so you can still reach during turns.


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Nice write-up, thank you. What's your preference on placement? I noticed that on the Q50 they're stationary, but on my other vehicle they're attached to the wheel and turn with it. The Q's are much larger, so you can still reach during turns.


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I think it depends on how often you use your paddles and how you use them--do you use them a lot during straight lines versus curves and turning--like you mentioned, some are attached to the steering column while others stick to the wheel itself. Some actually rest alongside the edges of the steering wheel a little as well.

I can't honestly say for sure---I can see the arguments for people preferring one over the other. For me, I think it's much easier to have them large and stationary so that you always have good accessibility to them, no matter how you position your hand(s) on the steering wheel, specifically while turning.
 

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My #1use for the paddles is winter driving#2 is FUN:D

I have a lot of hills aroundd her and when we get snow I barely have to touch the brakes at all. Safest winter driving.
I live in the south,, so no snow driving for me lol..

Speaking of is anybody from the Houston area, thats where ill likely be getting my Q from.. I think theres like 5 dealerships around that area, i was curious about was dealer folks went through and comparing them
 

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I had a cts with the manual shifter, and really the only time id use it was getting on the interstate having to quick get up to speed and passing if I were on a single lane road. Like others stated I so rarely used the manual shifting on regular day to day driving.
Yes I would like the sport suspension and larger brakes. And eventually im sure I'll upgrade to after market 20 inch wheels
You should try to use a manual shift while turning left at a light---assuming you live in an area with left turns, it's another fun way to accelerate and control your shifts. Again, before you're ready to move to turn while stopped, drop down into 1st and start moving and accelerating---once you're midway through your turn (or around 3500-4000 RPM), shift up to 2nd and right when you straighten out, shift up to 3rd for a nice little boost. :D
 
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