BMW already went the 8 speed route. They complained and now adopted it. Seems they finally figured out the 2 extra gears were for mileage and not performsnce. Its funny to hear all the poor press but others are adopting the Lexus designs. Look at the 750's exhaust tips now lol looks like the LS460 dontcha think. It will always be this way as the so called purists think NOTHING is built like a German car. They will be swayed but it will just take some time. Go look for threads on the direct port injection that the Beemers and VW as well as Audi use and you will see how screwed up the German pieces really are.