I got to where I had mastered driving it, but my wife hated it for how it shifted. She drove it once... in S3.
I loved it in S5 (or manually), sport mode and traction control off, except for the occasional "hit from the rear end" stop (or the occasional buck). I mean, really, should a serious sports car, with all this engineering... buck? I didn't want to have to let up and start over! Sometimes I couldn't floor it. I could start off gently and it not buck, but come on!
My car was an absolutely pristine woman's car and had 22K when I bought it, almost a year ago; 24K when I sold it to my stepson! I couldn't bring myself to race it.
I had the software update done about a month ago, but I haven't driven it since it was done.... that was when I sold it. My stepson picked it up from the dealership. I asked him how it drove, but got no real feedback. He is not knowledgeable; he doesn't know jack about cars and he has not complained.
Look at that S car go! Before the M3... before the STi.