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Never bad mouthed SMG, just said manual is that much better. Formula 1 use F1 because of the high speeds they now reach. With those high speeds they have to manuver round hairpins at 40mph. Back in the 50-early 80s F1 cars didn't reach the high speeds they do today on strait aways, let alone had to break to slower speeds for turns. F1 all started in manual, dont kid yourself here... All the technology makes F1 easier for the drivers to be successful, really. Not to say F1 is bad, but it surely doesn't beat a manual, especially when we aren't talking about F1 here, but rather, normal sports cars. Formula 1 will probably never go back to full manual just becaus eof how popular F1 tranny has become.
It is just like asking yourself: would I want a Ferrari 355GTS F1 or 6spd manual?
Never put the SMG system down- and for your information, I've driven an F1 paddled Ferrari, which must be close enough. It was good, but probably only because it was a Ferrari it was on. On a sports cars, or high powered sports seden, I'd rather be in control of every single thing, including the clutch. It would just be a waste having my clutch be working on its own, on a car such as an M3.
But I shall test drive a proper SMG2 on the M3, just to see exactly how it feels.
<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Stable, and what it contains :</span>
<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>-</span><span style='color:blue'>2000 BMW 528i </span>(mine)
.5spd Steptronic/Auto, M5 sports package
.Silver on Black leather
<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>-</span><span style='color:blue'>2003 BMW 330cic </span>(wife)
.6spd manual, sports package
.Alpine white on Sand leather
<span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'>-</span><span style='color:red'>2003 Porsche 996 Targa </span>(toy)
.6spd manual, 18" sport classic, w/ Pzero, dual exhaust tips.
.Atlas grey on "boxster" red leather (like imola)
-<span style='color:gray'>2004 BMW Z4 3.0</span> (daughter) *coming*