a lot of people think it's crazy that the Maserati Quattroporte doesn't have a 6-speed option. fyi - a traditional automatic is apparently coming next year. i for one think there are a lot of bmw m5 owners (et. al.) who might give the QP a serious look if not for the bashing the sequential-manual is taking in the press. here's the contact info for the person to bug at MaseratiNA. sorry, i don't have an email address. i'm going to fax him a lengthy letter urging them to add it as an option. people like to have choices. it's not like they don't already have the necessary parts to do this - they've just made a maketing decision for whatever reasons. they should give people all three options and let the cusotmer decide. there's no downside here - only upside for them. but apparently they need to hear it loudly from the customer base. so please shoot a fax or letter to these folks and let them know that options are good! Maserati North America 250 Sylvan Ave. Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 Attn: Andrew Shaffer Product Development fax: 201/816-2626 doody.