Sunday, January 23, 2022
News Audi to drop the manual transmission in the US

Audi to drop the manual transmission in the US

This more than likely means that Canada will follow suit. Is this tragic news? Yes. Is this the end of performance driving as we know it for Audi enthusiasts? No.

In fact, the current S4 is no longer available with the manual gearbox, nor is the R8. At the moment, in Canada, if you prefer three pedals, you’ll find only find options in the A4 and A5 with the 2.0-litre TFSI engine. In other words, Audi’s been telling us that the manual gearbox’s days were numbered for a while now.

Like I said, this is not the end the world as the s tronic automated dual-clutch manual transmission is beyond excellent. It’s quicker in every respect and returns better fuel mileage. Are we sad about the news? Absolutely. One of us recently purchased an 08 A4 Avant with a 6-speed manual to try and hold on to the past…

The issue here is that barely 5% of A4/A5 buyers opted for the manual. Audi’s in business to make money. As an alternative, BMW still has the option in the 2-, 3- and 4-Series cars. And in the Ms!!

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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