1. the use of paddles, D, and S has obviously been programmed to be foolproof. So I recommend getting used to it by trying all combinations and settings. Don't be afraid of high rpms- the software will not let you blow up your engine.
2. paddle actions are not taken by transmission quick enough to do a facsimile manual transmission. But it is the only way to select any fixed 'gear ratio' with this pushbutton thing. (not my favorite MKC feature, the lack of a shifter).
As an original buyer of the last true manual Lincoln, the 2000 LS Sport (15 years of service to the family), I weep when I paddle.
'15 Ingot Silver/ White Sands/ Reserve 2.0 FWD/CCD/ Tow Pkg/ Oct 14 2014
'55 F-100 and 64.5 Mustang Convertible