When I am in the market for a Lexus I'll keep that in mind. If you have to push one that hard for a little speed I'll pass. My point was that someone got gear happy to help create the illusion of speed. Hearing the engine noise is fun but that many shifts is silly.
Dodge also sells 8-speed transmissions in its Charger sedan now. Dodge and Chrysler are rolling out the 8-speed transmission across their full lines for the 2013 model year.
Funny you mention the sound of transmission shifts being piped into the cabin. I hadn't caught that, but I have noticed that the Radiator Springs Racers cars don't have tailpipes. I wonder if they'll be able to catch little mistakes like that for Test Track since it's being sponsored by Chevy and likely will need to pass design reviews with car folks from Detroit?