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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This has already started within VW/Audi
11/11/2011 12:55:29 PM
At the lower end of the market the small hot hatch siblings (the VW Polo GTI, Seat Ibiza Cupra and the Skoda Fabia VRS) all only offer the DSG box on their 1.4 turbo-supercharged engines, there's no manual option at all. Which is exactly why I don't own the Fabia and went for its bigger brother instead, for practical day to day driving I prefer having a clutch pedal to slip when needed and the cost of maintaining and repairing the DSG boxes can be very high particularly as repairs can be difficult or impossible for local garages which means forking out for a new box entirely.
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