Originally Posted by Goat Rodeo
Maybe I am reading the charts wrong (and it's hard not to, without labeled axis or any sort of reference) but I see identical thrust in 1st and 2nd gears and maybe a 10% difference in 3rd gear.
Unlike the 6spd in the M5, the car would not be at a significant disadvantage if shifts speed were held constant.
Obviously shifting manually takes longer, but nobody cares.
Look at the first graph in this post for an easier comparison.