I was a life long manual guy, but the Miles Ahead bunch (Our instructor was Pippa Mann.) Convinced us that the auto was faster and better. When we decided to order the F56JCW to replace our beloved R56JCW I originally planned to keep the R, but my wife, who is infinitely smarter than me suggested we trade it or sell it. It was painful, but Jenny Cool Wheels left us when we picked up MITEY 2. The difference in power and acceleration is nothing less than amazing. I still don't care for the bulbous snout of the F, but the performance more than makes up for it and when twisting and squealing on technical routes the automatic allows both hands to be on the wheel at all times and the gearbox is grade A+. It is a better mini mouse trap and I love it dearly. After adding the JCW PRO exhaust and an aftermarket tuning chip the little beastie now puts just shy of 270 HP at the wheels and oh, what a joy it is!