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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: Yet another reason...
By gixser on 11/13/2011 7:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
Again I will quote you:
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What do you got over there? Diesel hatchbacks?


Which one of the cars I pointed out is a diesal hatchback?

Perhaps I'm not making myself clear. You mockingly implied Europe has a poor selection of cars. I provided a sample that I believe proves you wrong without any difficulty. I could discard all the cars I've cited and come back with another list that would almost universally be accepted as being "desirable", or "exciting" or even "different". Yet, for some strange reason I doubt very much that you would accept that as proof enough for you.

I've yet to see you reply with anything that could even remotely be considered a valid retort and I doubt I ever will.

Keep up the good work!


RE: Yet another reason...
By EricMartello on 11/14/2011 9:25:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Perhaps I'm not making myself clear. You mockingly implied Europe has a poor selection of cars. I provided a sample that I believe proves you wrong without any difficulty. I could discard all the cars I've cited and come back with another list that would almost universally be accepted as being "desirable", or "exciting" or even "different". Yet, for some strange reason I doubt very much that you would accept that as proof enough for you.


You listed a bunch of non-diesel hatchbacks and a few botique cars that don't matter. The average driver in Europe is putting around in a diesel hatch due to high gas prices over there. You think that by listing a few cars that used to be available there changes anything? A market with drivers who enjoy driving would have a sizable demand for performance cars with manual transmissions - Europe does not. Remind us again why you're still posting in this thread.


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