I have the A6 with the paddles. Honestly they are a gimmick unless you plan on doing some sort of autocross or road circuit type stuff. You can't outshift the transmission they put in it for acceleration. In fact stock for stock if you look at the best times posted on this site it is very close A6 vs. M6. The M6 has to be hella fun but A6 is easier for us older lazier guys who use it as a daily driver in heavy traffic. Go with what makes ya happy because I am betting no one else on this site is going to make your payments for you...if they do let us all know who they are!