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Actually manufactured by a billiard-ball company, the striped shift knob ties in the traditional H-pattern logo with the dual-striped goodness of the '10 GT500, in a comfortable package that doesn't hold in the temperature, so it's not too hot or too cold to the touch like a metal ball. Besides, it's tough to carve stripes into a metal shift ball. The boot on both the shifter and parking brake handler are also Alcantara and look great. Surprisingly, the shifter doesn't seem as smooth as the KR unit, but it's actuated with that smooth new clutch, which is guarded by an ominous sounding "clutch protection strategy" in the Spanish Oak.