Originally Posted by Red Bread
The fact that the N55 has a nearly flat power band sort of negates the value of actually shifting. My wife has gone five years now with an N54 and an N55 with no paddles, and I've tried my best to justify manually shifting her cars, but ultimately just go back to DS and let it do it's thing.
I could see wanting them for track use, but don't see the X1 (M Sport or not) being a very amusing track car.
I find the quality of driving much much better shifting myself with the 35, I tried DS once and i just do not think it did as well (still shifting prematurely or oddly late at times) or felt good. Ymmv as I always drive autos/automated manuals in manual mode and have for years in a variety of cars - controlling the gear changes is a completely different driving experience even if not a stick