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I don't have paddle shifters, but I understand that if the driver is using paddle shifters you can't have the transmission shifting normally, or it will likely shift before the driver pushes the paddle, defeating the purpose of paddle shifting. So they have to let the engine rpms go way up, so it will not shift until the driver wants it to shift.
If the engine will go up to redline, before it shifts, even at half throttle, then IMO you should use the paddles to shift up, unless you are going full throttle.
IMO, if you are not going to use the paddles to shift up, use D mode.
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