Wow at this thread. I'm with the DCT crowd. An "option" is exactly what it means. It should NEVER replace the manual imho. A DCT would give far more improvement to the Vipers performance and desirability to a larger piece of the market than a mere clutch and flywheel upgrade as was mentioned. I believe that 0-60 in less than 3 secs and on to over 100mph in 7sec or less due to DCT will provide plenty of emotion for the majority that don't track the Viper. The Viper is still among the top cars in its class on a circuit track despite the lack of DCT so its much less a "need" for the track rats hence the "option" buy one with or without a DCT would sate both street warrior and track rat. I like a few others just don't see the problem with a DCT option.