I just bought the car yesterday. Have been driving manuals for decades. Clutch is the only slight initial disappointment for me too, but to my eyes, it's just a challenge to master it, so will leave it alone. And here's why. The issue is the 'light switch' engagement IMO, and not the spring. The clutch is hydraulic anyway, so it's not going to have any real feel, since the pedal is not physically connected to it. I can definitely feel the difference between hydraulic and cable clutches on my motorcycles, but cars? At least not me
. As far as the biting point, it's where it needs to be IMO; no complaints there.
Anyway, the 'issue' is real, since I can usually drive any manual car like if it was my own, right off the bat. But not the Bullitt. After 200 miles in some of the best twisties around, I'm still having a slight issue completing the 1-2 shift smoothly every time, but working on it. I always strive for shifting perfection, always assuming I have a passenger with a cup full of coffee
. I can be brisk, but always smooth. As previously mentioned, you HAVE to anchor your heel on the floor for smooth launches. Once you drive the car a few hundred miles, it'll become second nature where the biting point is. The 1-2 shift is tricky indeed; you need to slip the clutch just a little longer than the other shifts, and remember doing it every time. After that, all other shifts smooth as butter. All downshifts (I typically don't do 2-1 to save the delicate synchro, and manual says not to downshift to 1st above 5 mph, I believe), smooth as butter by the time I was 10 miles into the twisties. You have to release the clutch quickly after a blip, but not too quickly or prematurely.
The bottom line for me is to just practice until you get it right
. That's what driving a manual is all about, at least to me. This car is making that harder, but I welcome the challenge, as I said above. I don't want to discourage anybody from replacing the spring(s), but I'd say to just give the car a chance first. A spring is not going to change anything about how the clutch bites and behaves, but if you just can't master the clutch stock, then go for it and see what happens. Have fun.