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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 Spuke on 11/10/2011 8:28:53 PM , Rating: 2
Then there's also the problem of not being able to work on new cars yourself, or at least as easily...
I hear this a lot and wonder if you (and others) even have worked on a newer car. I've worked on all of my cars from clutch installs and an engine rebuild (my 92 Sentra SE-R) to just oil changes. Fuel, air, spark. What's not happening? Exactly how that happens is mostly really irrelevant (you don't need to know how DI works in order to know that your fuel injector took a crap causing your car to miss) to figuring out problems and with cars built in the last 5 years or so, a CEL is thrown anyways. You go get the code read and it tells you the problem is. I, personally, think that's awesome. Saves me some valuable time. To give you an example, your car is overheating, there's only a few things that can possibly be wrong whether it's a 2011 or a 1969. Thermostat, water pump, radiator. Pick one. It's usually the thermostat because that's the cheapest part of the three.

By Omega215D on 11/10/2011 9:07:47 PM , Rating: 3
You're making quite a bit of assumptions there then. I've had to work on newer vehicles and find that you have to remove quite a bit to reach certain things in order to perform maintenance or repair on the vehicle. The more crap you add to a vehicle the more you have to deal with.

It gets worse when it comes to a newer sport motorcycle, especially one with ABS and traction control, as it's much more compact and before you know it you're ripping out the whole damn bike to reach a bad sensor, oil plug, etc.

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