I think this just needs to be out there. I am not saying the F1 is better than the manual, what I am saying is that if you really like driving, then the F1 in the 355 is the best, and it will never be duplicated. "But all these others are so much faster and smoother..." That's crap! The 355F1 does not have electronic throttle, so it REQUIRES the driver to know how to use it properly. If you cannot heal-toe, you shouldn't be driving it. It's the best of both worlds: hands on the steering wheel, no missed gears, quick interchanges, BUT you have to know what the car is doing, what the motor is doing, and work with the system to get the most out of it. Otherwise, it does work like crap, just like a poorly driven manual. And the sounds. Yes, the lightning shifts of the scud are neato, but in the 250 ms that mine shifts I can discern are the different sounds of the system working - the pop as the throttle comes off, the gears being swapped, the clutch engaging and the subsequent howl as the power comes back on. I just love it! The newer gear boxes are little removed from slush box autos if you ask me. And it's the only one that says "F1"