With the M5, I was able to rotate the car, go WOT, and have it bang a gear change or two that didn't upset the car on corner exit. It would just hold the rotation on power and devour the road. That was a huge part of the appeal of that transmission for me.
In a manual, if I had to take a hand off the wheel twice on corner exit, interrupt the power, possibly lose my rotation, and be very mindful of the gearchange so I don't accidentally clutch kick the car, that would have taken away from the experience.
Dave's -12C fits in that category too.
Sure, with a manual you could gear it tall enough to not have to do that, but I don't personally like super long gear spacing (looking at you Cayman GTS), but at least in the Cayman, there isn't fear of an accidental clutch kick. In a 617 hp M5, or a -12C, that's a very real concern.
Hang on and blast out of a turn while effortlessly putting the power down feels fantastic, and I think a manual in the high horsepower stuff adds an element of fear factor that doesn't belong on the street.
This is what I'm always thinking. Which is why in my view small cars that have good suspensions and nice steering with low power and a stick are more fun and engaging than many more supposed "sporty" cars with bigger engines and supposed superior suspensions and huge tyres.
However, I'd be lying through my teeth if I said it didn't need more power. Is it fun? Sure. But eventually you want more, which is why I'm kind of thinking about an E46 M3. It's more of everything I love about my car, but with 146 more horsepressures. As SoS and I were talking, by the time the E46 came out the chassis was too good for only 184HP (my 325). It's engaging as hell once you get moving, and if you can hold the speed it's still fun, but then comes an uphill section with tons of switchbacks and the car starts breathing really really hard.
Can slow cars be fun with a manual? Certainly, and it's definitely better than a slow car with an automatic. But does that make fast cars with an automatic no fun? Absolutely not.
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