Originally Posted by Desidero
3.4 million bucks and it doesn't even have paddle shifting?
Actually there is a big back-slash about paddle shifting...
Yes, it is true, super-good automatics and dual-clutch transmissions do the job faster than the vast majority of good
drivers could - in some cases are unbeatable, regardless of driver skill.
But those deprive the driver of a lot of fan, satisfaction and sense of control from driving the car.
Paddle shifting is far from a "must" for a proper sport car, just the "gotta have" for the wannabe sport sedans and SUVs, exactly cause they give that sense of "control", which in quite a few cases (i.e. whenever the auto-transmission is not a F1 / SMG / Dual clutch etc. design, built with performance in mind) is completely artificial.
Lets also admit/suggest, that paddle shifters get a huge traction in the US regardless of performance gains, simply because many people are too "bored" to bother driving manual or many more are intimidated to learn how to drive manual - especially when (very often) their 1st "stick" is an expensive sports car.
EDIT: also, on the private jets + crazy expensive cars + the target market in the middle east + "value for money expenditures" , remembered this articleEdited by pcfoo - 11/14/13 at 4:23pm