Originally Posted by alee0729
The difference is DCT will bang out those quick consistent shifts all day long, lap after lap. The manual driver is still human, and will suffer from shift fatigue over time. In daily driving, it's a wash.
Clutched "automatics" have finally evolved to a point where performance is no longer a material dividing line, and the cost of the transmission is low enough that it's making its way into mainstream cars. These numbers really show that despite a fairly stubborn segment that insists on full manuals, the clutch pedal is on its way out. But the concept of a manual, with a clutch (albeit computerized) and the ability to select gears will continue to stick around.
You forgot add that "DCT has LIMP mode when it needs a break."