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The U.S. still gets manual 6-speed option

Much of the sports car world today is moving away from the manual transmissions that driving purists and many drivers prefer to semi-automatic transmissions. The reasons for moving to a semi-automatic transmission are compelling and include faster gear changes, better fuel economy, and the ability to go full auto when you’re feeling lazy or plodding around in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
 
The downside is that part of the thrill of driving fast for many enthusiasts is working the shifter and clutch to perfection. But in the end, there’s no real right or wrong way to shift gears when it comes to modern automobiles. However, the ire of drivers comes in when their choice in gearbox is taken away.
 
Audi S5 

Fourtitude is reporting that Audi has killed the manual transmission option in its revamped S4 and S5 range of sporty cars in Europe. While Europe has to give up those 6-speed manual cars, the U.S. (land of the automatic transmission) is getting to keep its manual transmission. Audi is going to the S-tronic transmissions exclusively in Europe likely due to the faster shifting and better fuel economy.
 
The confirmation of the death of 6-speed S4 and S5 Audi's came by way of Audi's own Barry Hoch, the product planning manager of the S4 and S5 lines. Hoch emailed Fourtitude and wrote:
 
They (Europe) lose the manual. We keep the manual! 100% confirmed, although I don't know what other markets also get to keep it. I don't want to fear for my life when I leave the office. The manual transmission enthusiasts are... umm... passionate individuals. Save the Manuals!
 
This is the first time that the U.S. has had a transmission option that Europe didn’t get according to Fourtitude
 

Source: Fourtitude



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Err...
By MrBlastman on 11/10/2011 2:42:12 PM , Rating: 3
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But in the end, there’s no real right or wrong way to shift gears when it comes to modern automobiles.


Well, yeah, there still is. There are times where you want to double clutch, there are also times where you want to heel toe, then there are times where you don't (or shouldn't) be shifting at all. Times like in the middle of a sharp turn on the edge of a mountain cliff--where if you were to shift it would cause a redistribution of weight on the wheels which could put your car in a spin and slide you right off the side.

Or... how about shifting before you enter a turn rather than when you are coming out of it. Oh wait, you should be rolling onto your throttle by then, not taking up time to shift.

What about in traffic? Do you constantly shift between first and second gear or do you ride a single gear using engine braking coupled with intelligent spacing between you and the car in front of you?

No, when and how you shift DOES still matter when driving a modern automobile. I drive a manual transmission car every single day. It really does matter.




RE: Err...
By JediJeb on 11/10/2011 5:27:56 PM , Rating: 1
Driving on ice and snow are also good times to have a manual instead of an automatic, easier to control wheel spin by using a higher gear to put less torque to the wheels. The DCT would allow you to do that but a full automatic will usually only allow you to lock into a lower gear not a higher one.

Plus unless I am in heavy traffic or pulling a heavy load I shift my truck through 1st, 3rd, 5th shift pattern to save time and fuel, can get into overdrive by the time I hit 30mph.


RE: Err...
By cruisin3style on 11/11/2011 2:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
man do people hate it when you cruise in a single gear in rush hour traffic and leaving several car lengths between you and the car in front...as if they're going to get somewhere faster than everyone else if this weren't happening

also gotta laugh at people that pass me when i'm engine braking toward a red light, so they pass on the right or get into the left turn lane and speed up for the last 50 feet before the light...i mean seriously... how does this make sense to anyone?


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