For a person who calls himself Speed Demon you have very little understanding of modern auto transmissions. Mercedes Benz are leaders in auto transmission development. To even suggest that the SLR, equiped with an auto shifter, will be a disappointment is a narrow minded point of view. Look at the tranmission in the new BMW M3. It shifts almost as quick as a F1 car and a faster version is in the way. The Merc auto will be even better.