Hi Danielt, No, I didn’t get to drive a manual but I think your comments are probably right, this seems to be the case with most sports cars I have driven. I have been driving a manual for 3 years now (the GTA). Alfa also have a selespeed box, but quite frankly – the ones I have driven were rubbish, especially in full auto mode. So no contest – it had to be manual.
However, once I drove the steptronic (mostly in manual mode – old habits die hard) I felt it was so good it was a must. I have spent a few days on racetracks and IMHO can change gears pretty quickly – but man the steptronic changes quickly, (at least the one I drove) I’m not sure I could keep up with it! This, plus many days spent in stop/start driving on Melbourne’s congested Freeways (I have to use my car a lot for work) means I was very happy to go steptronic - not too much of a compromise for a whole heap of convenience. So, those were my thoughts – from a committed manual sports car driver! Gee, I could have just said no – but there it is.
E92 335i Coupe Ordered 11/05/2007 Sparkling Graphite, Black Dakota, Poplar grain grey, 19” star spoke 230s, Steptronic, Paddles, Sunroof, Climate Comfort Screen, Comfort Access System, Anti Dazzle Mirrors, Seat heating, Hi-Fi Logic7, USB, Electric rear roller blind