Me and my friend have identical brand new WRX's, both 1 month old. They are both silver and identical, inside and out, except for the transmissions, mine has a 5 speed, and his is an automatic, and both are stock. We went on an empty road, where people always race, its about 4 lanes wide, and nobody drives on it. We did 2 runs. Everytime off the line, we would jump even, i couldnt slip the clutch right, so i would either spin or bog. Anyways, in would pull ahead a little in first. THen in second i would bea bout 1-2 cars ahead. And in the end of third i would be about 3 1/2 cars ahead...I was very suprised that a manual transmission makes that much difference. He was kidnda mad at himself for opting for the automatic.