my take is this - very high performance vehicles like a 911 turbo, M5, etc are wonderful and fun in a manual version, but realistically, we humans cant shift fast enough to make the performance what it was intended to be, hence the SMG type transmissions. For me the decision was this, my wife likes manuals but has gotten to the point where it's more convenient to drive an auto vs a manual with the baby, phone, radio, etc. So I am opting for the SMG. Hopefully I can get the best of both worlds. We'll see.
2010 Porsche Panamera 4S
2014 BMW X1 35i xDrive M-Sport