1) It has an automated manual transmission, this means it is a manual transmission that is shifted electronically, so you kinda got to treat it like one... to be honest I don't like the concept, i'd rather drive a real automatic or real manual tranny...
2) How big are these bumps??? Try to avoid them, your tires and suspension will thank you, but yeah, I imagine the bigger wheels have some thing to do with it, but mostly the sport style handling that gives you more feedback, lol...
2000 Ford Focus US Spec Zetec 5 speed "Blue Dragon"
2000 Renault Clio 1.4 DOHC 5speed "Snap Dragon"
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