Why not provide the option since there is interest and potential loss of a sale altogether by not providing the option. A fast crisp shifting auto straight from the factory is a very nice thing. For me its been a very enjoyable change of pace after banging gears for the last 20 years.
Default config manual, $1400 auto upgrade sounds like a win win win to me.
15 F22 M235i, JB4 Stage II, Cat delete, CAI
12 GT Prem 5.0 (Sold)