Beware of idiots
No, someone who agrees with you, thats all.Someone who gets it..
I just took out one of the R models the other day. A pleasant and enjoyable experience. There is nothing wrong with the R or any manual...... however in terms of performance, it is certainly second place in any kind of track or performance setting.
I drove the two cars back to back on the same track. There is zero comparison. If you choose the third pedal option, it would be only to meet your self gratuitous need to shift your own gears to make you feel part of some kind of experience that you feel is lacking.
To each their own. I prefer each one for what it is.