ya i relate 100%I do get the appeal of driving manual (I've driven one for a year), but for me it's more about controlling the gears and adjusting the feeling of the throttle response - which I can do perfectly with the paddle shifters in track mode.
i never used track mode , but i cruised in it for a good hour today.
what sucks but doesnt really matter , no matter what mode you use ... it is never 100% control. Always downshifting from 3rd to 2nd
but i discovered i can cruise around the block , go over speed bumps “ slowing and driving” without any noticable diff in tourque all in 3rd gear.
in that moment i discovered how amazing this car is.
i read this some where before where a manual guy wrote you can drive only in 3rd gear and be fine.
ya this a8 is amazing.