It's your money and what is best is what you want. I have had my A6 1SS since 5/20/09 and I love it. I am from Boston so traffic figures into it for me, plus I like to drag race. On the way to work this morning I used the paddles all of the way. It is very entertaining in this mode. all that is missing from the automatic is the clutch pedal. Only a professional racer will match my shifts. The automatic will NOT miss a shift! Oh, yeah, a Porche Tiptronic 9-11 isn't a sports car? How about a formula one Ferrari? Why don't grand prix racers use stick shifts any more?