No offense, but I don't understand why people are not happy with the clutch and the shifter length. I think everything works really well. I've never had a mishift, and the clutch engages quickly and always does what I want it to do. As I put more miles into it, the slight 1-2 resistance has improved significantly. I can only imagine things will be much better at 10000 miles. My only issue was with pedal spacing for heel and toe, and I solved that with a slight extensive plate I cut out and screwed down.
Thanks to the OP for verifying that the car does not have CDV though.