Been driving manuals since 16...ONLY auto trans
I have ever owned are work trucks.I agree with above, nothing like a manual trans
,you become one with the car and it's power band
My current '11 GTCS is a 6 speed manual with 3:55...cruising on the highway in 6th gear is a pleasure, if I need to get out of a situation,I shift down to 5th ( ample power) or slip into 4th (gobs of torque and pickup) and be done... blimp the throttle,rev match and it's as smooth as butter.
"U" maneuver into 4th from 6th is just very intuitive with these centering springs and plenty of "get up and go" in 4th,don't think I ever needed 3rd with this V8!!!