Agreed. Comparing 0-100 km/h times between two M3s in differing conditions is next to useless in determining the efficiency of the transmission. There are journalists out there who can sometimes beat the launch and traction systems of even today's more advanced cars, which will also require some time to "learn" the surface. In C&D's test of the M3 SMGII, they said it was slower than their manual long-term car by 0.3s in 0-60 and the 1/4 mile. But they also said that the 0.3s deficit all occured before the car even got out of 1st gear (meaning it was due to the launch; launch control was not used as that was a Europe-only system and limited to 1 per hour, for a total of 30 per clutch life, they said). Using the rolling 5-60 method, which all but removes the variable of the launch, the SMG car was faster by 0.2s. They subsequently tested another manual M3, which matched the SMG's 0-60, but was slightly slower in the rolling start and 1/4 mile.