There's this thing called paddle shifters on the automatics. In terms of control they offer everything a manual does but prevent you from lugging the engine and will downshift if your RPM is too low.What no one has talked about is driving on twisty mountain roads at speed. I don't have any clue as to how one would go about doing that with an automatic transmission. All I do know is that I want to maintain high RPM's going through curves and have complete control over that. I don't want the transmission to decide it's a good time to shift, up or down, for any reason. The only way I know how to achieve this is by having a manual transmission. Also, with a manual, gears can be skipped; such as shifting from 5th to 3rd. As a last item of note, automatics don't do rev matching...