Re: odd choices
Without the proper gearbox it's more of a imposter than a sport car.
I drove manual sports cars for years (and one of the best was my Alfa Bertone GTV). But I'm not sure that automatic transmission disqualifies this one.
Once upon a time cars were equipped with a manual advance-retard control. When it became clear that a machine could manage the ignition timing more reliably and safely I don't suppose anybody regretted the change. A modern automatic gearbox can change gear faster than the driver can, and it can manage more gears - does anybody really want to stick-shift through 8 or more ratios?
I don't think it will be long before manual gearshifts are as indicative of performance as fake air vents and external exhaust pipes.