I like to wind it neaer redline more than what makes my wife comfortable;this engine loves to be revved high and this is where the manual is a bit better on agressive tight roads. You don't see an auto in the ST and it's commendable that Ford bit the bullet with a few lost sales and kept the ST a tad simpler plus the bad press and issues you see about the DCT in the media and on the net I think Ford knew it was risky to put one in the ST and avoided it all together.
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