The new Gen SHO's are pretty phenominal..... for me personally, it is my 1st FMC product I've owned.
The inclusion of an entire slew of creature features, overall design, performance, etc etc kept forcing me back to the showroom and saying "buy me, buy me, buy me".
IMHO it is far more advanced than a lot of other competing products out there at similiar price points.
As far as the manual gearbox(es) I'm pretty confident they won't be making a comeback, at all.
As others have chimed in before me, there just isn't enough volume or demand for them across the board to even invest the time or effort into using them any longer.
Those goofy paddle shifters are a novelty at best. I liked them at 1st, as they provided me with the "feel" of a manual trans, but I so missed mashing that clutch down (as most of my cars i've owned over the years were manual).
But truth be told, I've had a much greater experience just leaving my SHO
in Auto mode and relying on the custom tune from LMS to handle the rest.
It seems to me that the shift points and actual transitions between gears are much better than even I can attempt performing by mimicking the manual mode with those paddle shifters.
I suppose the best way for me to sum it up is say that much like the V8's are quickly becoming a dying breed, so soon will be the manual trannies altogether.
Some of us (including me and you) aren't happy about it from the sounds of it, but hey wth, it is what is...... change is inevitable.
Either roll with it, or get left behind.