Are you sure the 2012 model you test drove wasn't equipped with the PPK and performance exhaust? This would not show up on the window sticker (it'd be a separate, smaller sticker listing the dealer-installed add-ons).
I noticed that your location is Emeryville... If you went to BMW of SF on your first encounter (or both), I know that one of their 2012 models in stock last year was loaded and included both the PPK and PE. Can't recall if it had the DCT or not, though.