I'm not positive but I'm pretty sure that when a car has the paddle-shift options its exactly the same thing as tip-tronic systems most automatics have now, the only difference is that the paddles are rite behind the wheel. This makes the car feel more like a race car. Also the paddle shift won't shift unless you hit the paddles, unlike tip-tronic systems that will shift automatically if you hold a rev for too long (correct me if I'm worng). This gives the driver the sense that they can drive standard or a race car. Sorry about the blow to the DSG system but I perfer the good ole 6 speed manual over electronic impulses, even though the DSG system is faster on the shift changes.