I believe most of the T5R's came in stick, while some came in auto to satisfy driver's who want to "look" performance while not really being involved with their car like true enthusiasts do.
That's why Iike BMW's so much, they would never put normal auto on a performance machine like the M3. The T5R was meant to be Volvo's answer to BMW Motorsport Division back in 1995 when the T5R came on the market.
I'm fond of the T5R as it represented the best that Volvo had to offer back then. I have not seen anything dramatic from Volvo since. BMW still remains the top dog.