I've you ever driven an RX-8 you know how tight the shifter feels. They come stock with short shifters. I like the feel so I got the STS. I can't really shift any faster since my dual mass flywheel prevents rpms from dropping fast enough, but i can say that shift feel more secure. I don't know if that will help your decision.
2.5" SVT borla catback, Diablo Predator Flash (tuned by Tom), AEM CAI *polished*, Ford Racing STS