I agree the paddles aren't great, however from my experience over the years the GT/QP both don't/never made me interested in rowing through gears while driving them. They are very good cruisers with an unbelievable exhaust note (esp. in GTS). I couldn't imagine ever wanting a manual in a Maserati. Also keep in mind I'm a huge fan of manual gearboxes. Just not in a Maserati, IMO.