Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
The counter argument is that this system is faster than the fastest human being on earth. So, if you really want to drive fast, then you get the paddles. If you want to have fun, stick with the stick.
It is somewhat misleading to say 'if you really want to drive fast.' The difference is minor. We are talking about tenths of a second on a road course, and most people don't live at a race track. I'd much rather get the daily enjoyment out of my manual than the extra tenths of a second at the track.
There are other disadvantages to the automated clutchless gearboxes. For example, they are somewhat jerky and unnatural. The best I've driven or ridden is the Borg Warner DSG currently in Audi and VW cars. This much better than the SMG in the BMW's, but it's still got a strange feeling about it.