Originally Posted by ChuckD05
The people that NEED the upgrade spend a lot more than .1% of their time at the track, me included. Sure the MT swap is an option right now, and no, you don't need to swap DME's, whoever said that is just wrong, you just need to re-flash the ECU to think it's a MT, multiple people have done this.
The whole idea here is to make the car as fast as possible, and sorry, but an MT just isn't going to do that. My next sports car build will probably be a manual e46 M3 S/C all for "fun factor", but this car I want as fast as possible in a straight line, and on the dragstrip, so a 6AT is the best option. Not to mention, once the tuning is there, who knows what the stock hardparts will actually be able to hold with a simple trans cooler. The cost effectiveness and performance on a 6AT upgrade option is night and day compared to a MT swap. "