Originally Posted by jeffc31337
Audi has the same 8 speed ZF transmission(it was actually out in the B8 A4 2.0t before in BMW) if it was a better performing transmission it would be in the S4.
The sensation you mention of the gears banging harder is exactly what you want to avoid as it means the engine has to cut/re-engage power to deal with the transmission shift.
I don't know about how hard the gears engage in the new 8 spd.
I've driven an e46 m3 smg with all the driver aids off and the settings for the transmission at the highest level and I've never been in another vehicle that has had such a hard gear change. It's pretty brutal how hard the gears engage with the smg.