Originally Posted by x97Melbourne
It's a matter of personal preference of course. However, I don't think your example holds any water. Ferraris are meant to be raced and there is a definite racing advantage to an automatic/DCT. F1 Style racing as adopted the paddle shifting style for pure speed and a speed as well as safety advantage. It's faster, and, as you say, allow you to keep your hands on the wheel.
I would go out on a limb and say that most Z4 owners (even on an enthusiast forum like this) never track their cars. In fact, the same goes for most Ferrari owners. Everyone orders what ever car/transmission they desire....but to say an manual is antiquated is kind of out-there for me. I like the DCT but would never order it....I would equate the DCT to a fast roller coaster. It's fast as hell but there's no control.... DCT means you are riding, not driving. Still a cool/fast car, but certainly doesn't appeal to a lot of weekend on-ramp racers!
Whatever you chose, enjoy your Z4....awesome car either way. May be my next car!!
Hey I totally get what you are saying but the fact is manual cars are going away. Ferrari was just an example, Lamborghini as well, and Porsche will follow eventually, along with the Z4. I have an 83 308 QV for my manual needs so I am not against them I just see the writing on the wall.
As to the OP's orginal question, I guess a lot depends on how far u want to go with the tune. I love the IS exaust, the bodywork, but with the DCT you are kind of limited with the torque it can take. I think a little over 400HP is the max it can take according to posts I've seen around here.