I have an auto 6 speed 2010 a4 right now. and the transmission does sort of "hunt" in sport mode. its allright though. the 2011+ models have thee same 8 speed ZF unit the BMW has and is suppposedly a bit better (faster 0-60 and better mpg). also to the people who continually compared say a volvo s60-r or a quattro a4 with say the AWD equivalent of a RWD car (say a g37x, or a 328xi or whatever) and then say it costs more. well no shit but the reasons for getting AWD are completely different coming from RWD or FWD if you dont live in a snow state there is no reason to get AWD. at that point the only reason to not get AWD is because your car would be FWD otherwise. i mean generally for me its RWD then AWD then FWD in order of preference. so its not really a fair comparison. the OP doesn't seem to care at all given he listed the TSX / FWD A4 etc. i mean you buy an AWD s60 to not have to buy a FWD one or you live in a snow area. but you buy a 328xi ONLY because you live in a snow area, no one in southern california lets say has a 328xi.