My 1st gear has become louder now that I have over 6k miles on her.
She has a fairly low 1st gear which tends to be whiny on any car - and many cars that I have owned in the past.
On the way up 1st gear is pretty quiet unless I hammer it and at redline it is as noisy as anything else because the motor and exhaust are so quiet.
On the way down 1st gear is so low that I rarely use it. The VT will launch fine in 2nd gear - especially if you are rolling at all. If I'm working my way through my parking garage and I leave it in 1st it is fairly whiny when I engage the clutch to slow her down, But that is normal.
Well im glad im not alone..i noticed its quieter when car is warmed up...also its starts to shift way smoother....oh and by the way...it shifts substaintially worse in weathers below freezing...as compared to a nice warm day in 60s.. Thats one of the reasons why i look forward to spring!