Don't feel bad, I have a auto 2.5i, add to that the DBW delay and I know how you feel.
However, my car def has more go juice with the UEL setup, trackpipe, etc. No exhaust restrictions. She def pulls harder across the board.
Just understand if you go track pipe, she'll be one loud bitch, hence the need for me to have (2) resonators on the centerpipe, non baffled.