The January 2020 edition of EVO includes a nice series of articles on N cars. Those of us who own one will no doubt appreciate the positive reviews and enjoy the background information on the development of what we so enjoy to drive. It appears the 8 speed auto is planned for a 2020 launch. I've never had issues with my manual, ok 1st and 6th sometimes need a second attempt, but the gear changes that matter when making progress are silky smooth with rifle bolt action. I'll definitely test drive the auto though and then decide if it's worth trading in my PB.