Speaking for myself, I became very interested in Audi before my first purchase after watching a lot of Group B rally racing, specifically Walter Rohrl because he makes driving/racing as an art.
I have only owned manual cars in my life and I am not interested in automatic cars due to the lack of driving excitement. I like to say that "I do not know how to drive automatic cars".
I am very well aware that Audi currently only offers the B9 A4 and A5 in manual but all of the Sport models are not offered in manual (S3, RS3,S4, S5, RS5, R8, TT, TTRS). Did enthusiasts become lazy or is it the manufacturers these days? Or lost their background and racing history?
Needless to say, it has been obvious that the USA has been holding the short straw for too many years without seeing proper Avants on our side unless the cars are expensively federalized and imported.
Here's an example of a C5 RS6 in the USA on my driveway from nearly 10 years back:
Save the manuals and avants!