H*LL Yes!!! (warning L O N G post)
I liked my wife's Nitro so much I wanted one of my own. I had purchased her a black SLT earlier this year, but I was less than impressed with it's get up and go, specially from a stand still. I told her that it really needed a manual transmission for it to perform well with the amount of horsepower it had and the weight it was pulling around. Her previous car was a 1998 Honda CRV w/4wheel drive. It was a toy compared to the Nitro and she often commented on how she felt so much safer in the Nitro and how it felt like it was so much bigger than her CRV and almost felt the same to her as my Toyota Sequoia Limited 4x4. To me it felt like a sports car compared to my Sequoia.
We went on a short trip to Solvang one weekend and I made a point of finding a Dodge dealer that had a SXT Nitro with the 6 speed transmission and 4wheel drive so I could test drive it and see for myself if my assumption was correct about the Nitro's performance, and I was right. It felt like a different truck completely to me with the manual transmission and I really enjoyed the extra performance it provided.
When we got back from that trip, I had my dealer order me a Sunburst Orange SXT w/6speed manual transmission with the MyGig radio, but the MyGig radio and it was on hold everywhere, and he was also having a hard time finding or getting the computer to accept an order for the SXT with a manual transmission, so I waited, and waited, and waited. Then about 8 weeks later while visiting the dealer and asking if any progress had been made with getting my Nitro, I saw a Sunburst Orange R/T on his lot, so I asked if I could test drive it to see what the 4.0L engine felt like. It was quite a surprise to me that the 0.3 liters and higher compression ratio could make such a big difference in performance. I also liked the all black leather interior with the Red stitching and the 20" wheels with the wider tires. He tried to sell me that Nitro on the spot, but I told him that I could not because it was only 2 wheel drive. He got on his computer and found the exact same Nitro R/T with the 4 wheel drive at another dealership near by and said he could have it there the next morning. I said "GO GET IT"! And I have been very happy ever since (over 14,000 trouble free miles later).
As I type this I am in Redondo Beach, CA where the traffic in the surrounding cities and in Los Angeles is absolutely horrendous and it is not a nice place to own a manual transmission. Driving long distances on the freeways around here with a manual transmission is like rowing a boat with one arm, you have to change gears so often. So in this location, my R/T with the 5speed automatic is KING. However, I live in a resort town in the mountains 100 miles East of here where there are no freeways and bumper to bumper traffic jams at 5:00pm and where a manual transmission makes much more sense, specially with the snow each Winter and the availability of many dirt roads and trails. So, I voted "Yes" for the R/T, or SRT Nitro with an available, or optional manual transmission.
Love my R/T Nitro with the Automatic Transmission, but for where I live, I would love an R/T, or SRT Nitro 4x4 with a Manual Transmission even more. :Racing: