my friend may get one. he was telling me the cars he's looking at, he listed "a civic. the fast kind" and i immediately mentioned the ion redline and he's like omfgwtfbbq! saturn!!!! he likes our mutual friend's 98ish coupe. (two door, not three)
Well I have never driven a 6 speed but I do wish the RedLine had a 6 speed. The gears are just fine coming up to speed...but you gotta stay in 4th for a long time cause it really drops off in 5th gear mainly because top speed is 145, so the gear still has to be able to handle that top speed. I move into 5th gear around 100 mph. The only thing that creates a snag between 1 and 2nd gear is when i am at low speed and wanting to just continue a low speed...its hard to find a gear that accomodates 15 mph. Like when i am in the neighborhood. Where did you hear it drops in power between 1 and 2? You gotta ask an owner to get the true performance reviews.