For me, while it's kind of fun rowing through the gears and running the engine through the RPMS for the sound, the biggest difference is the handling, nimbleness, feedback, and responsiveness of a good sports car. For a sedan, the Model 3 is very good in all of these areas, and for a 4,000 pound sedan it's remarkable, but it really can't compete with a 2,000 pound mid engine sports car with manual steering. The feel of the road through the steering wheel and the seat of your pants, the ability to change directions on a dime, and run it hard without the brakes fading is very appealing.I personally fall into your category, but I get the premise of the thread.
The Model 3 is amazing. As my wife says, it quietly glides down the road in a surreal way. And when it’s doing it on autopilot it’s just flat out sci-fi. It’s like it somewhat disengages you from the fact that you’re driving a car and has you feeling like you’re simply moving through space.
Sometimes people miss that engagement that you get from feeling/hearing the rumbles and variations you get from an engine and traditional transmission. I think that’s all it is (but someone can correct me if I’m wrong).