I always drive the car in the "manual" mode in that I use the paddle shifts . Never have it in "automatic"
Is it as much 'fun' as a manual using your feet and arms/hands to shift?
No, probably not in my opinion.
It certainly isn't as engaging, but using the paddles has its own rewards in focusing on the act of driving for me and not focused on the gear changing.
Would I prefer a manual again? If you had asked me a yr or so ago it was a no brainier, I wanted to shift a manual. Now, I have mixed feelings. The kind of driving I do is all on the streets. I don't track the car.
When the Cadillac CTS V was being developed the Chief Engineer and the test engineers all told me the auto box was faster. I didn't believe them till I saw the Nurburgring times.
So the DCT is the future as we know it right now.
There are passionate arguments on the Ferrari sites regarding manuals V. DCT.
I believe there is probably a market for each, however, the 430 6sp I had was less than 2% of Ferrari production the yrs it was in production.
The enthusiasts and press whine about the lack of manuals.........but no one buys them, hence Ferraris abandonment.
Initially I had a hard time selling the 430 BECAUSE of the manual. No one wanted one.
Now the cars are sought after because of rarity.
The Corvette team will do what's right for the customer & the car.
We'll see how the numbers shake out.