I’m just curious with this reasoning why not power steering? Wouldn’t you “feel” the car more without the computer assistance in steering? Why not the brakes or computer fuel injectors. Mechanical throttle? The list goes on and on it’s just the latest look at me I’m old school thing. Everything I mentioned someone was saying the same thing when those came out.Those that still buy manuals have already accepted that its not as fast or consistent. And no well informed individual really still claims that the manual is faster anymore. Manuals are still bought for the driving experience and the feeling of being in control of your vehicle. (And before paddle shifters are brought up, those are just a suggestion to the computer of what the driver wants. The computer still make the final call. Not the same feeling).
Autos have been faster for many years. I mean even a th350/th400 with minor valve body mods shifts lightning fast, only problem with those was that they cause a lot of drivetrain loss. Which definitely is not the case anymore with autos today.
Cavemen thought the wheel made you soft if they didn’t have one.