I would actually consider the SMG option if I was buying one with the sole purpose of lap times/track events, but I'm not. A true manual gearbox is just too fun to me, and anything less would take away from that. And I would never let traffic conditions determine the type of transmission I get in my car.
I hope that is true about the addition of direct injection - that is a great technology. If so, we may be looking at 375-385 rwhp despite the rating in the brochures. The weight of near 3500 might be too good to be true, but that would be nice.
I read some information on another forum about a moonroof delete option as well (which was one of my main concerns), although it won't shave any of the price off (which doesn't matter to me). Things look to be falling into place!