Nice article. Definitely sums up the car well. I recently drove a 2012 and definitely did not find that the transmission clunks and rattles. The 2012 I drove also had about 2000 kms on it so maybe the ECU completed it's self learning of the clutches. I will note, that what aids in smoother shifting is if you slightly back off the gas pedal when shifting up.
One thing I will note from driving this car: You can drive like a complete moron on the road course and it just does it. No drama, no fuss. It just turns, corrects your every mistake, etc. I will say, it certainly isn't as scary to drive as my modded Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo. That car has no electronics to save your butt.
Nonetheless, fantastic car, especially for the price.
One little correction: The VR38DETT is port injected, not direct injected.