The best way I found is to slip the clutch at a moderate rate and have the transmission bring down the engine rpm. Yes, this will wear down the clutch, but it is a consumable part and you will eventually have to change it. As long as your not banging gears all the time and launching the car, I think you will be fine. I also recommend rev matching downshifts to avoid extra wear on the clutch.^ Thanks. I'll test out a clutch-dump sometime this morning and feel out the effects, but yeah I don't really want to play too fast-and-loose with this car right now either. It's brand new and I want a decade out of this thing at least!
So, it's all in my head then? I can drive like I had driven my other manual for 14 years?
I don't think so. I drive that way and I'll herk-and-jerk every shift. The revs don't get down fast enough and to compensate it will have effects to my driving, perhaps even to the drivetrain.