People heel and toe to avoid excessive engine braking, it sounds like the evo has this nailed which is technically impressive..
Does the SST have a shift ferocity setting?
How quick did the car feel acceleration wise, and how comfy was it?
(I'm getting older
The car is pretty much a technical marvel - the SST has what is called a Super Sport Mode (in addition to Normal and Sport) - in this mode it holds gears till the engine redlines for a few seconds and downshifts at the highest possible rpm - car magazine test have shown that the car is faster around the track in Super Sport Mode than when a professional driver does the paddle shifting himself - they definitely did nail it!
Acceleration is amazing - unlike my old Impreza Stis, there was next to no turbo lag anywhere and push you back in your seat power!
It is also hugely practical - great back seat - plenty for three kids (which is why I was considering this so seriously), excellent headroom, fabulous Recaro seats with bolsters so firm and perfectly placed for sports driving that I don't think an overweight driver could sit down!
Although the Evo uses 4-pot Brembos, they are in a completely different league than my GTA's (even after the Ferrado pad, line and fluid upgrade). I hit the brakes hard a few times and the car just slowed down in a very uneventful manner with exactly the same intensity as I pressed the pedal (in other words excellent modulation and feel, and seemingly no fade).
It also has an amazing 650 watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Though no beauty, it is leagues better than previous "boy-racer" Evos, and the interior, though not an Alfa or BMW, looks much more upscale.
Lots and lots of pluses and very few minuses. I had a deposit on one but the wife strongly insisted on the Alpina. After finally getting to drive the SST, I can say that as good as it is, I am glad I didn't get one - I have driven several DSG sequential manuals and they always struck me as too smooth and uninvolving - the SST (also a sequential) has very much the same character. Performs flawlessly but is not nearly as exciting at the GTA Selespeed unit (at least to me)....