Yes, I have the same issue and inquired as you did. Also got the same answer. That said, and with no disrespect to others, I still have doubts because it seems like a significant loss of power as it "barks". I've heard that bark is designed in to avoid tranny issues at high rpm. Hope that's accurate. I haven't yet to try full acceleration in manual mode to see if it acts the same way. Also tried to describe it to the service writer at the dealer but they had no clue what I was talking about.