I just came back from visiting the factory in Modena. While there I saw a partially camoflauged QP being parked by a test driver. I speak fluent Italian and went over to speak to him thinking it might be a 12 cylinder version. It wasn't ( he indicated there will be no 12 cylinder- idea was dropped ), but I was surprised to see a conventional automatic. He told me very casually that they were in the final stages of testing a 7 speed ZF transmission that would replace the F1 only in the QP for the 2007 model year. Before we could finish the conversation, a Maserati official hurled a barrage of insults at the driver in Italian to the effect, how could you be so stupid to speak about this !! The Maserati official then went on to tell me that this was not so and to pay no attention to what the test driver said, he doesn't set policy. He then said if "mis-information" like this got out to the market, it would hurt 2006 QP sales as many people would postpone their purchases as well as significantly hurting used car residual values. I was very surprised at the degree of agitation displayed over this relatively minor issue, especially if in fact it wasn't true.