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I've owned an automatic FRS, manual 86 and now GR86.

The automatic FRS i put like 70,000 miles on. It was a fantastic car, and all of the mountain pass roads where I live I never felt out of place in the automatic.

That being said, if you have the physical ability to drive a manual I don't see why you wouldn't just go for it. It's quite literally one of the easiest manuals on the market to learn in and drive. I think the whole "i have to drive it on the highway" thing is a fallacy and excuse for folks maybe too scared to learn or too lazy. The clutch weighs near to nothing. It's an extremely fluid car to drive and you get such a performance advantage for CHEAPER.

The videos I've seen of the automatic GR, the computer looks a lot more restrictive than the outgoing model. Restrictive as in not liking you to downshift at what i'd consider still conservative RPM's if you're driving spirited. However, I haven't driven one first hand so I can't confirm. Both are good cars though.
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