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post #25 of (permalink) Old 10-15-2015
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Originally Posted by OracleHCR View Post
I am being realistic. Your auto with 3:55 is probably quick as hell in a straight line. You should be able to beat a PP GT 9 out of 10 times in a straight line. It probably handles pretty good through the turns. A Performance Package GT with a beefed up suspension, Brembos, and 3:73 gears is made for road courses and tracks and handles great through the turns. A competent driver will leave you and your auto behind. Being able to press a pedal to the floor and going fast doesn't equate to being a good road course driver.
If you notice, they don't sell the performance package in auto. There is a reason for that. They don't sell the GT350 in auto. There is a reason for that. Even the Focus RS only comes in manual. The auto is definitely the future but we are talking now. And right now, in a Ford Mustang, the manual is better for a road course or track. Period.
Facts are stubborn things!

The coolest sports cars only come with manual transmissions.
This depends on your definition of "cool sports car." The seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and many flavors of the 2014 Porsche 911 offer a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. But if your choice is the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3, which Edmunds editors call "the baddest Porsche on the block," you can only get an automated manual transmission. The same goes for the 2014 Jaguar F-Type the 2013 Maserati GranTurismo,2013 Lamborghini Aventador and the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. No manual gear shifting ballet for you. It's no loss, says Ken Hill, a professional racer, driving educator and vice president of operations for Automotive Adventures in Bellevue, Washington. "Some people are stuck on the mindset that a driver is faster with a manual box," Hill says. But there's a reason why some major performance-car manufacturers, including Ferrari and Jaguar, no longer offer traditional manual transmissions, he says. "They just aren't as good."
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