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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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RE: Manual is so common in EU we don't care
By Motoman on 11/10/2011 3:27:06 PM , Rating: 0
Been driving nothing but manual transmission vehicles in the Chicago and Minneapolis areas for, oh, the past 20 years or so. Hours-long traffic jams and everything else.

It's about performance, control, fuel efficiency, and most of all, a connection with your vehicle and what's really going on. People like you tend to think of a car or truck as just some tool to get you and your stuff from one place to another. People who prefer manual transmissions don't view their vehicles in such derogatory terms.


RE: Manual is so common in EU we don't care
By 225commander on 11/10/2011 4:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly right!
I searched high and low for my VW Passat, my requirements were - leather, V6, sunroof, manual tranny
took me 3 long months to find such a vehicle, apparently Vdub 'Assumes' that anyone wanting a V6 and top level trim package is NOT going to want to shift, that combo is very rare here in US. Also my second vehicle is Honda's S2000, of course it ONLY comes with 6 speed, so no prob there. I do not understand why the manuals are disappearing, I love them , even in traffic. A manual puts you distinctly in control of the engine and the transfer of power to the wheels with a precision that NO auto, semi auto, DCT, etc can muster. and NO you do not have to have a 'sports car' to want to drive manual either.


RE: Manual is so common in EU we don't care
By Dr of crap on 11/11/2011 8:57:13 AM , Rating: 2
Hey good luck with that leather.
I've never understood why you'd want leather.
Is it a status thing? Must be. Makes you look rich!

Because in the summer,
the leather gets to hot to sit in when the sun beats down on the seats, and you burn your legs. That is if you wear shorts, maybe you don't!

In the winter the leather seat is like a rock to sit on, it hard, and cold. And if you do have heated seats, it takes a while to warm them up, by then my a$$ is froze.

My guess is you never had vinyl seats. Those were classic crap!
And even better when they'd crack and it would bite you!!


RE: Manual is so common in EU we don't care
By Motoman on 11/11/2011 9:09:39 AM , Rating: 1
While there's no need to berate the guy about wanting leather, I do agree with the main point. I get cloth seats in all my vehicles for those exact reasons. Leather just seems very inappropriate to me for that use.


By erple2 on 11/11/2011 2:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason I can think of to get leather interior I learned by watching my niece vomit apple chunks all over the back seat of my brother's car (OK, SUV - it's a Mazda CX9) as we wound through Coal Creek Canyon Road in Colorado. I was amazed that it all came up with a wetnap, leaving nary a stain or spot. I guess it's easier to elements treat Leather than Cloth...

Which means that if I have kids, my family hauler will have to be a leather equipped car.


By Omega215D on 11/10/2011 7:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
People who feel that connection with their car also tend to take better care of the vehicle, know about problems when they occur, and of course, tend to pay better attention to the damn road.


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