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Manual shift mode

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Do any other XLR owners wish that the shift lever direction for upshifts and downshifts was reversed? It just seems more natural / logical that a backward click (i.e., toward the driver) would upshift - imagine 1st to 2nd, 3rd to 4th gear shifts on 4 and 5 speed manual transmissions, pulling toward you. Also similar to motorcycle shifts (at least to me), up to upshift, down for lower gears (unless you ride vintage Norton Commandos!) Maybe it's just due to long experience with bikes and British 4 speed sports cars, but pushing forward to upshift feels completely unnatural to me. Is there some way to modify this? Anyone agree?
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There should be a standard

Our XLR replaced a BMW 330 cabrio. BMW has it right - as you guys suggest. Very intuitive.

My Mercedes is sideways. To downshift you pull toward you knee (of all things).
The XLR seems backwards. I have noticed a marked performance difference when I manual shift, however. It also seems that is some linkage to the Magnetic Ride Control, since I notice the suspension stiffen when shifting. I think it is worth adapting.

To get accustomed to it, I suggest a standing start, keep your hand on the lever, and manually shift throught the drive. That way there's no redline down shifting danger - at least shifting our of first, that is.

The car manufacturers should agree on a standard shift pattern, like on clutched manuals.
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