Originally Posted by hasan68
Both are the same technically, Sport Automatic Transmission comes with the leather base plus the paddle shifter on the steering wheel.
As for the sport/comfort selector , this is related if you have the Adaptive drive (which include DDC) or the Dynamic Damper Control as stand alone option . and not related to the gear stick type.
I think he's referring to moving the shifter to the left to put the transmission in sport/and or manual mode. All BMW autos have had this feature for a long time. The sport auto option provides paddle shifters and software which provides slightly faster shifts...both have a sport mode which holds the transmission in gear longer and downshifts more aggressively.
Also, to the OP, the sport auto shifter feels much higher quality and get it with ceramic controls option and it's even nicer