I would definitely recommend the manual but a brand spanking new $35,000+ car is not the place to learn how to drive one. There must be a driving school somewhere near where you live that can give you at least one lesson in driving a stick before you take ownership of the new car and drive it out of the dealership and proceed to either kill yourself, or even worse somebody else. Manuals make you feel like you're more part of the driving experience. Automatics make you feel like you're just along for the ride. For those who have never driven anything but an automatic, it probably is no big deal to keep that preference. But once you've had the experience, you'd have a difficult time going back to an A. One other thing. If you have something wrong with your left leg, then A is the way to go.
2013 2LT/RS IOM M6 w/DUAL-MODE EXHAUST, BLADE WING SPOILER AND ZL/1 PERFORMANCE PEDALS