Audi stops no gearbox in the new S4/S5

Audi S5 Coupe 2012

Times are hard for lovers of power and its own sedans clutch pedal. Bit by bit like the MTs to disappear from the landscape, in favor of DSG boxes or machines. The following list of victims? The face lifted Audi S4 and S5. Than in Europe because the U.S. you can still just train your own right.

And give the manufacturers another wrong: if you look at the sales of anything over 300 hp, with an MT, you come to a very low percentage, I think. Alternative transmissions are more fuel efficient (for more resistance and timely gear changes). You get a rapper with acceleration times, and as you stand ready to take, then you can do it by  paddles on the steering wheel. Of course, it costs a bit more gear, but the already substantial amount of purchasing power a sedan that is bad. And besides, the sporty manual transmission is a myth.

And so and dumped Lamborghini and Ferrari him overboard, and rumored about some high-end Porsche 911’jes. Porsche offers the same or still a new 7MT in the 911 (991), and BMW seems the fight against DSG not to have given up, witness this picture the new M5. Whether that is very wise almost constant 700 Nm at your rear wheels is questionable, but hey, who are we to us to wonder.

However, back to Audi: we are not 100% sure, since contact us by phone is a not reachable, but Audi enthusiast site Fourtitude report this here. They have contacted Audi and with the following quote:


They (Europe) lose the manual. We keep the manual!

100% confirmed, Although I do not know what other markets also get to keep it.

I do not want to fear for my life when I leave the office. The manual transmission enthusiasts are passionate … umm … Individuals.

Save the Manuals!

Is the world upside down? Americans are yet still known as haters of MTs. On the other hand, PS-loving Americans may not be as the representative of the rest of the population. And honestly, how bad is it if there is indeed no MT in Europe? Without it you actually do all you want ..

UPDATE 09-11: We have just had contact with Audi, and they did indeed confirm that the S4 / 5 MT will be delivered without time being. Of the total sales S4 has about a 20% MT, and the S4-sales comprise only 0.2% of all A4 sales. At very powerful models is also the question of regular forces to the hand baking. On the other hand, almost contemporary group Porsche has just developed a new 7MT that can take a beating …

How this will pick out for models like the R8 and the TT-RS. We must wait and see, but the chance is there of course that also the S-tronic will be pushed considerably.

Audi S5 Coupe 2012

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