SMG vs. Step.
Very interesting. If you haven't driven the '02 330ci w/ Steptronic, do yourself a favor and try it out. If the automatic doesn't shift when you want it to do so, with some practice use the manual shifter. The latter will do a quicker job than clutch w/ CDV attached. Am I right on this? I also get behind stick cars who start off in first and take forever to accelerate and/or to get their car going in second. Quite a long pause. Also when in a panic they miss a shift and on and on. I have done this myself on occasion with a stck and felt like an idiot at the time. I like the Step compared to the automatic I had on my 528. In closing, I had a ride on the Moroso racetrack in a 360 Modena with the paddle shift. It was smooth and the ride was fairly violent, so I did not critique the driver, but he sure was smooth and very fast. Of course this was $280 K machine or better. Each to his own and have fun.