Pinecone· M Mad
I have a 2002 SMG Coupe. I also have a 2000 5 speed M Roadster (actually now my wife's car, but she let's me drive it ).jwalker said:I plan on ordering an M3 Convertible in the coming weeks and am still undecided between the SMG and 6-speed manual. Any current owners or anyone else have any opinions on the SMG and if it is worth the extra cash? Also, how much performance will I lose?
I love SMG. The more I drive it, the more I like it. The first time I drove it, I thought it was neat and I was not unhappy I had gotten it. But every mile since then, I come to appreciate it more. It may not be for everyone, but it IS right for me.
As to performance loss, yes, there is some versus a perfectly driven stick. BUT, it is much easier to drive the SMG perfectly every time versus the stick. And one slight bobble with the stick, and the SMG wins. Typical tests seem to put it as 0.1 - 0.3 seconds slower 0 to 60. Remember that all F1 cars use a similar systems as it makes for a winning combination.
As to the automatic/manual debate, those terms do not fit the SMG. It is neither, and it is both. The language has not caught up with the reality. It is similar to both, and not like either.
Best thing would be to try and find one to try out first. But it does take a couple of thousand miles to fuly appreciate it. A short test drive may not convince you, unless you really don't like it.
Do realize that there have been a few cases of those buying SMG that sold their cars to get a stick. There have been a lot more sticks sold to buy SMGs though.