I test drove a 2.5i w/ stock shifter and a GT w/ the short shifter back to back last weekend. The short shifter gave noticably shorter shifts, although it also definitely felt "notchier". The salesman said the stock GT shifter kinda fell in between the two. I'll have to try the stock GT shift to make sure, but he was saying although the STi shift was nice, he didn't feel it was $300+/- nice... So yeah, please post a back-to-back comparison when you get it! Thanks!