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Comments here echoed what I have been thinking over night. I still love the B5 blue color, and it is equipped exactly the way I want it.

Going to add some previous gen RT Classic side stripes in black, and some staggered chrome TT wheels, and mopar stage 1lowering spring kit, and call it a day.
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A true "stick guy" will never be happy with an automatic, it may be faster but it sure isn't more fun.

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1. the 1st and MOST important option decision is color choice.
2. the 2nd most important option decision is the auto vs manual decision if manual is available.

settling on one option can be overcome, settling on two is a recipe for an unhappy owner who is going to take a bath financially when he trades in to correct the mistake he made

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I somewhat agree, although I have owned dozens of muscle cars, and at least half have been automatics. I enjoyed them all really, and don't recall lamenting the automatics.

I'm sure if I bought the RT, in the back of my mind on occasion would be wanting a 6-speed, but at the same time with a blower on the 5.7, the car would be a hoot no matter what trans it had.

Some fun automatic muscle cars I've had.

Trans Am TTA
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Duster 340
69 RR 440-6bbl
70 Camaro RS/SS
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Super happy that I stick with the manual again. The new auto may be great at the strip and make life easier in the city, but outside of that I just can't imagine driving an auto over a stick.

Had I gone with an auto instead I'm sure that i would've regretted it.

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I'm a manual guy for the past 30 years. Can't get used to an auto, paddles or not. A couple weeks back I sold my VW Golf-R 6M to get a Chally. Drove a couple 6M 5.7's, which is what I was looking for, but couldn't find a sublime or granite crystal. Wandered onto the dealer lot where we bought my wife's '14 Ram and they had just rec'd a CG SP 6.4L 6M. Test drove it and now that's my daily. I could not even think of buying a 5.7 after driving this beast. Stick with your original plan and be happy and have no remorse.
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I somewhat agree, although I have owned dozens of muscle cars, and at least half have been automatics. I enjoyed them all really, and don't recall lamenting the automatics.

I'm sure if I bought the RT, in the back of my mind on occasion would be wanting a 6-speed, but at the same time with a blower on the 5.7, the car would be a hoot no matter what trans it had.

Some fun automatic muscle cars I've had.

Trans Am TTA
Gran National
Duster 340
69 RR 440-6bbl
70 Camaro RS/SS
Husrt Olds
Magnum SRT8

Those are all great rides and the 8 speed is a very nice automatic. I would never bash anyone's choice of performance car, transmission type, engine displacement, etc. because it's all car-guy stuff and that's what really matters. I was merely agreeing (from experience) with the feedback that a "true stick" guy would never be happy with an automatic. Either direction you choose is a good one!
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Automatic is great with forced induction and the dragstrip, but for a true 'enthusiast', no automatic will ever give you the feel that a manual transmission can. I can't imagine how 'tame' my 45-minute commute home would be with an automatic, as I would just become another desolate, soulless driver on the highway; more concerned about radio stations than RPM's. We all have that thought, 'the A8 is __ amount quicker in the 1/4 than the M6', and of course it is; it shifts in nearly 150ms with excellent torque multiplication. However, the driver-car-road connection and feedback is lost in translation.

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When I went to test drive the Scat and SRT, all they had on the lot were manual transmissions. I also prefer a stick, especially with a car like the Challenger. However, due to knee and hip issues, we thought it would be a better decision ordering the A8. We're both retired and who knows how much longer we can push a clutch without increased discomfort. I will say, this A8 tranny is amazing! I've never experienced a transmission that preforms like this one. Clearly if medical issues prevent you from choosing the M6, the A8 is the next best thing!

Now with all that said, I will also admit that being my SRT is basically a car for the occasional drive and not required for a daily driver, I still reflect on my decision regarding the A8. Those test drives I took with the M6 were,,,, fantastic! There really is no substitute for 'rowing' through the gears! As others have stated, if you're really a standard tranny guy (or gal) and there's no medical issues to hinder use of a clutch, the Challenger with the M6 and 392 Hemi (or the Hellcat) will give you the best combination for a "Fun Factor" ride!

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You are still going down from a 6.4 to a 5.7...

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