They are faster than a manual and a single clutch automated manual, no questions about that. I don't care about "being part of the car" either(although, I do prefer a manual for that reason). . . but they sound boring on the upshifts, and downshifts. It needs more violence. Let us use V8 Ferraris as an example
Automated Manual(Single clutch transmissions):
Take your pick. I think the manual one sounded amazing! The 360 was a close second.