That must be a Canadian thing.My manual Fiat is equipped with a Viper starter. It has quite a few (sometimes annoying) safety features to prevent you leaving it in gear.
To arm my starter, I have to put the transmission in neutral, push the brake in and pull the parking brake to full lock. Then I press a button on my remote to arm it. I then take the key out, the car stays running until I get out and lock the car with the remote.
The annoying part is that if you ever need to go into your car to get something, you need to re-arm the starter.
How did your SVT treat you? I have an 04 5 Door in Silver, Ive got to say I still miss that car, it was such a blast to drive and had just the right amount of power for fun city driving and handled amazingly well.I owned an SVT Focus that did not need the clutch depressed to start.
that being said, I know of an instance at a ford dealership (I believe in FL) where a Mustang was left in gear, started remotely, and launched into a lake.