I believe Chris Harris' description of the manual was pants and said the paddles brought it alive. Given how much of a manual snob he can be I'll take that as a pretty reliable criticism. That said does AC in any way properly represent the unique qualities of different transmissions to the point of representing their flaws? I seriously doubt it. If AC had them and I tred to drive an early '00s Lambo around as if I were in traffic would I hate the gearbox like I would in real life? I am leaning on the assumption of no.