Thanks for your reply. I jumped to conclusions due to a poor sales experience. The salesguy didn't know basic elements of the car and the service manager spent a lot of time with me going over details. He said that German cars are over-engineered and some of the items I had difficulty with were due to certain functionality not being intuitive. Yes, I have the same lag issue as you when I depress the accelerator but I thought that was just me being inexperienced driving a manual. I haven't driven a manual in 12 years and I thought it would be fun to go back to one. The lag means I spend too much time with my foot on the clutch. I actually had trouble getting the car into neutral to start it when it was cold, and I couldn't duplicate it for the service manager, and again, I assume it's just me not understanding the feel of the car. It's an incredible car for an incredible price, and yet, I'm having some buyer's remorse due to the clutch/shifter/acceleration feel.