Ifyou aredrag racing a car with a ton of power, an auto transmission can be very beneficial. It'smuch more consitent and on a turbo car it let's you spool up the turbo while torquebraking for the launch. Also, a built automatic can be just as efficient as a stick shift. Off the drag strip however, manual tranny's rule and are just much much more fun to drive.
Most American own Automatics because we are lazy . Most of the people in this country are willing to trade the benifits of a standard transmission: fuel economy, initial cost, repair cost, car control, fun to drive, and speed for the ability to eat a hamburger while stuck in stop-and-go traffic. :
I had an automatic for my first car because it was a hand-me-down from my dad. But now that I bought my own car I got a stick, and I am loving it. I think for any car that is driven to go fast, or driven to be fun should have a stick. But I can understand how people like automatic transmissions, just like some people would rather be driven everywhere then drive themselves. It is just not for me, atleast at this point in life.