I've thought about all of this and have the same concerns as you. Here's my thought process as to why I'm pulling the trigger:
- If the Type-S doesn't come out, well... there you have it.
- If the Type-S does come out, though it does not come with a manual, well... at least I still ended up with a fun manual Integra!
- If the Type-S comes out with a manual, maybe I can get in line and trade in my A-Spec 6MT when the time comes!
My guess is that the 6MT may be available, if only because it wouldn't make sense to get rid of it if it's a big hit, and it doesn't sound like there are plans for SH-AWD for the Integra? Of course, there will certainly be other factors (price, features/amenities, mileage, performance, etc.) when the time comes. For me personally, it's a good move -- I'll get into an engaging car that's fun to drive and is a vast
improvement over my current daily's mileage, so that's all a win for me. And I can always start tinkering it with it down the road once the warranty has expired if I want or need more performance. (And of course, the availability of a Type-S will help to inform what does or does not seem like a good idea at that time. In the meantime though, I will happily scoot around in the car as it sits.)