Originally Posted by repinS
Agreed. Auto/Manual would probably be neck and neck for the typical driver, but someone who really knows what they're doing would probably get better results from the extra pedal and snick-snicking through the gears.
one of the reason most sticks are faster than auto'* is gearing. much more aggressive gearing for sticks. but the auto gto'* got the same FDR gearing as the sticks, which is pretty uncommon (im not sure on the individual gear ratio'*). the auto gto'* have a 3.46 fdr, even the c5 corvette'* only had a option of 3.15, 2.73 standard (which are dogs off the line).
this hurts gas mileage though
no person can shift as fast as a properly tuned automatic, no one. alot of cars delay the shift to add comfort, which is why i say properly tuned auto.
from seeing the best times on ls1gto.com, the very fastest stick gto is only .2 faster in the 1/4 than the fastest auto (stock cars) overall the auto'* are faster. the auto gto'* also have a TON more torque managment. so stock for stock both with tunes done, the auto gto is faster, gm just de-tuned them abit to keep down warranty work
guys have gotten 30hp, 40tq increase from just dyno tunes, they're just now realesing the tunning software in beta form (20hp 30tq seems to be the average increase, but there'* room for improvment)