You are right, the tranny is not like an automatic only because it is not an automatic tranny in the traditional sense. I will admit the changes from first gear to second have a little pause, not that i notice it as much as some of those test drivers would. People do get really impatient behind the wheel.Yes, other drivers seem to be most aggressive when starting out from a stop light. It seems you just can't get out of their way fast enough! Actually, I think the problem lies not in how "slow" the fortwo is, but rather, in that it has a manual transmission and there is a pause in acceleration between gear changes. I say this because I've noticed the same type of problem in the past when driving my other cars (all manual transmissions). People in their automatics just floor the accelerator and expect you to do the same. Personally, I sort of get joy out of watching the person behind me slam on their brakes as they realize I'm not accelerating as fast as them.