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... earlier this year I had the chance to drive the GTS with 2.5 and paddles, very impressive, and two days ago I got to drive the 6 speed Manual with 2.5 ... great, I think it could be a great car for Autocross, It rotates really well . I still undecided about which one would be better because the one with paddles shifts really fast and accelerates fast on the S mode.

They had this 6 speed with appearance package on the showroom floor:



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"Quick" paddle "shifting" will never beat the actual driving experience when driving stick.

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+1 stick is a more fun driving experience imho.

I would say get the one with lower curb weight: also probably the stick.

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stick stick stick stick stick stick stick stick stick stick stick stick.

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Looks like at least a 200# difference from the "i" to the "S".

That, and the 106" wheelbase.

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It's a shame they aren't offering the S with the sport trim. That's just the best recipe if you ask me. Big (by comparision lol) motor, cloth interior, and a radio.


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The appearance package really adds a lot of style to that car IMO. Especially in white. I'll tell you now that it would be a great daily driver and reasonably competitive autocrosser, but will never be as fun as your 2. Weight really is everything...well that and wheelbase.
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Weight really is everything...well that and wheelbase.
Says the guy who won the 2013 SCCA Solo Nats in one of the heaviest cars in class!
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I have a 2014 I-Sport stripper with a stick and I can attest it feels like a beast on the AX course compared my 2006 Mazda3 (and not in a good way). The thing drives and feels big compared to my 1st Gen, compared to the Mazda2 it has gotta feel like a limo. Can't imagine adding another 200lbs on top will do it any favors. I'd think this one over carefully Andres .
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