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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 FITCamaro on 11/11/2011 1:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
So your argument is trying to do things I shouldn't be doing while driving period? Not to say I haven't done them.

But if that was ever an issue, its called put down your damn food or phone/gps until you don't need to shift anymore. I drove home to Florida last weekend and stopped for food. Got back on the highway, got up to speed, set the cruise control. And ate with one hand, steered with the other.

Not really that hard. But maybe you have a problem multi-tasking. I don't.


By Dr of crap on 11/11/2011 3:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
You're the one that said shifting was difficult, not me.
And I meant using your eyes and looking for an address not a stinking GPS unit.

And for the record, I also can eat, shift, adjust my music, sing along, weave in and out of traffic and get there in one piece while the other non-drivers stare ahead and can't get out of the way.


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