8AT in extreme situations
As some of you will know, because ZF's 8HP is so advanced, it doesn't need to go through the gears sequentially like a DCT or an old AT. Any gear can go to any other gear, such as 5th to 3rd without selecting or engaging 4th.
BMW and ZF say that in the most extreme situations, the car can go straight from 8th to 2nd. Impressive stuff, but what is this extreme situation?!
Emergency stop on a motorway but also kicking down at the same time?
A high speed rapid spin out?
Obviously, the driver must go up or down sequentially with the shifter or flappy paddles and in normal driving (D or DS) the auto also shifts sequentially.