Went to my privite invitation road show today, and had my second test drive. Since I didn't have the chance to try the manual mode during the Indy stop in July, I started with the paddle shifters from the get-go this time out. Certainly felt the shifting was smoother then the fully automatic mode last time out- the auto mode (at least with these euro models) really isn't well adapted to "gettin on it". The drive today was also longer then the last time out, and while no highways, was able to get up to 50 mph or so nicely. Despite these little Smarties having been driven the hell out of during the last 3 or 4 months, the ride and fit still seemed pretty good. Just imagine how a brand new and "pampered" car might be!