idk what trick you can do but autos are slower at shifting. just yesterday me and my friend took his moms honda out and just abused it completly. i felt sorry for the car almost, until i remembered it was a honda. anyway, we were going down this straight in a parking lot, trying to get it sideways. well it was so funny because as we shift from first gear (it is an auto) to 2nd, the car just screams up to redline before the gear catches. we lose half the straight because it was basically in neutral with the throttle wide open. anyway, i think you should mess with your tuner a little bit. see if theres a different tune you can use to get what youre looking for.