V V: you're right, i misquoted. the VTD is not a suspension system, rather a "handling system." whatever the term is, VTD helps my car in turns, dives, climbs, etc. something that MT doesn't have.
in regards to fast 4EATs, you can run a search on the i-club. i think RiftsWRX already has a 12 sec. car. there are others that i read of. not talking just here in North America, but all over.
kdcass: yes, people who preach about autos being better than MTs just because that person can't drive a stick can get annoying, but equally annoying are people who preach about MT over 4EATs and pretending that driving a stick is a special skill that only years of training and discipline can accomplish.
i learned how to drive a stick when i was 13. and all it took was 10 minutes. now i'm 24 and in 10 yrs, i haven't touched a stick until last month i drove an M3 and it was as if i've been driving stick for years. point being, it's very annoying to hear people pretend that driving stick is a special skill when in truth, learning how to ride a bicycle is tougher.
now if you were driving stick w/ only one hand, i'd be impressed.