Sure enough, but the 2nd video in that first post shows first shift at 53 to 54 hundred RPM and as you would expect, time improves quite a bit. . Using 93vs 91 octane too, though I do not know how much difference that can make. The fast guy was NOT using paddle shifters. !st guy?The i-Activ system is pretty complex, there is a lot going on to keep the traction going to the right wheels. There are several videos out there with Dave Coleman explaining how its works and why.
It seems that at least 1st gear has some sort of limitation going on though. I've noticed that flat out the 1-2 shift is at 4500, where after that its closer to 5500. You can see it pretty clearly in the video in post #1 in this thread.