Here some pics taken by Eric, that show very well how technique, this TECHNIC set is.
Personally I wouldn't say it is the best set of the year, because I also like the 8258 too much, but wouldn't say which is better from both as well.
Fully agree on Blakbird's comment, that this model could clearly have been the flagship for this year, or if the pattern repeats the flagship for the current two years cycle I'd say.
Thus can only imagine the TECHNIC designers should have also something very good, again for the 2H2010.
Meanwhile lets take a look into a video from Solenus116, featuring a fully motorized 8265, to see how elegant the combined and simultaneous movements can be.