Audi Kills Manual Transmissions in Europe for S4, S5
November 10, 2011 12:34 PM
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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
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.
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
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
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11/10/2011 5:27:56 PM
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.
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