you are correct to a degree. However from a performance standpoint you just are not going to attract the people you want without a manual transmission. Although it doesnt HAVE to be three pedals, row it yourself. A DCT option would of gone a LONG way in solidifying its image as a true M4 rival...I would lean more towards Lexus not offering a manual option. They are already coming out with a hybrid version. I just think that offering a manual transmission would cost too much. How many people are going to not buy an RC F because there is no manual option? Not many I would think. And how much will it cost for Lexus to make the RC F in two different transmissions instead of just one?