Well let's go back to specifically dart things. Comparing the 3 transmissions currently offered for the dart, I would have to say the powertech is superior than all of the other transmissions. Yes I said it. And I own a manual. Reason being, I hate this manual transmission, and with the whole CDV issue that we are still looking into, I almost wish I got the automatic. I have driven them, and while no you cannot have as much fun (spin tires as much, and just shifting in general), I found that for daily driving, the powertech is far better. And then the DDCT is on like REV 1million on TCM updates and still has the recall issue it's finally getting around to. While the trans is not bad, it's needed to come a long way to become acceptable.
But that is simply my opinion. This does not need to turn into an engine/transmission battle. Let's keep it classy, so keep it on topic.
I am glad to see the 2.4 can actually get some spin into second. I know the 2.0 never could. My friend with one tried it many times lol and it never happened. I feel as is the initial lag in the powertech's programming wouldn't allow it to get enough power to spin the tires enough for a burn out. I would have to see it I guess!