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
, no longer offer traditional manual transmissions, he says. "They just aren't as good."