For those who are still on the borderline of deciding which transmission they would prefer. . . If you change your order from Automatic to Manual, this increases your chances of getting the car and getting it sooner. This is according to a district manager. Demand for the A8 is higher by a factor of about 2-to-1. Therefore, production for the A8 is under more strain. I still prefer the A8, so keeping my order as-is.