• Apr 23rd 2009 at 11:29AM
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More news on the Four-Ringed front. We've confirmed that Audi will begin offering the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the A5 beginning this summer, and unlike the A3, A4 and TT, the 3.2-liter V6 will soldier on as an option, albeit only when spec'd with Quattro and a Tiptronic gearbox – the manual transmission pairing goes away. In any case, the four-pot will send 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque through either a six-speed manual or Tiptronic gearbox, allowing the coupe to scoot to 60 mph in around seven seconds. However, like the current A4, it doesn't appear Audi will offer the 2.0-liter-equipped A5 with its dual-clutch gearbox.

Other changes for the 2010 model year include LED tail-lamps, the company's third-generation MMI infotainment system and the addition of a "19-inch Sport Package" that takes the good bits from the S Line Package – 19-inch, five-spoke wheels with summer rubber, paddle shifters, front sport seats with lumbar control and the sports suspension – and ditches all the unnecessary trim. Audi Drive Select and Adaptive Cruise Control will continue to be available, and we've heard rumblings that the S5's trick rear differential could make it in as an option, but we're sending that one to the rumormill until we hear something official from Audi. Thanks for the tip, Adrian.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      NO DSG!?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, harley probably just loves the involvement and fun of a stick.

        If I wanted to have the fastest lap times, I'd go with the DSG I guess. Or if I was in regular heavy traffic every day, sure. But I just enjoy manual transmissions, they are fun!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a friend who can't drive standard anymore as he is now a paraplegic after suffering an accident. He has a GTI with the DSG transmission and it's the next best thing to driving a std. That is one damn good transmission! It matches revs perfectly when downshifting and shifts lightning quick BUT it also shifts very smoothly when driving "normally". I wish the transmission in my G35 was as good
        • 6 Years Ago
        DGS is just a fancy automatic! Give me a manual anyday...especially in an Audi.
        • 6 Years Ago

        actually, DSG is a fancy computer controlled clutch-based gearbox, that is actually closer related to a manual.

        I prefer a stick, too. But a DSG has two clutches for an engaged and on-deck gear arrangment, by switching which clutch is engaged. It may not have a manual gear stick, or two clutch pedals, but it is not a hydraulic, torque-converter-based automatic in any way, shape or form.

        and it is usually much faster than a person can shift a manual gearbox.

        I would take a DSG. Not a tiptronic, or other hydraulic automatic.

        PDK and other dual-clutch systems are the same or similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago

      Oops, posted at the same time as your response. The point is, they at least have that technology ready for production.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2.0T 6MT Quattro A5?

      ......looks like I'll be visiting Audi dealers and forums again!

      ......and the wife won't be very happy with this.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this car RWD when not equipped with Quattro?
      I agree with Luis, BMW will always (hopefully) offer a manual with any of their cars, except the 7 series, although in the past that was even an option in Europe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oops, I guess it makes sense to read the entire post before responding... Nevermind
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why Audi fails to compete head to head with BMW on sporting ability- fewer manual options. In a BMW you can get a manual even in the 5-series and all 3-series variants...no so on the A6/A4/A5. Lame.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The last time I checked, Audi sales were picking up and BMW was goin down. Audi knows barely anyone buys stick when buying a premium car. Most enthusiasts are on a budget. The rich guys/gals want cruisers and ATs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What I think they are wrong about is that only the most frugal buyers are looking for a manual transmission.
        I don't think that is the case at all in the US, instead you will have the driving enthusiasts looking for a manual transmission and they are also more likely to want other performance options (engine, quattro, drive-select) and all that jazz than they are to be wanting a base-model front-track.

        If you ask me that's why the A3 didn't sell at all with a manual, you couldn't get it with quattro.
        In the A4/5 the 2.0t is arguably the more desirable engine to enthusiasts so only offering manual with it over the 3.2 makes sends.

        In the end though we have to look to the EPA and our own government for making it prohibitively expensive for manufacturers to offer any real multitude of options and combination when it comes to engines, transmissions, and drive systems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      no manual on the v6, W.T.F?
        • 6 Years Ago
        V6 is redundant now that the all new directly injected turbocharged 5cyl/4cyl is here AND you/me can never shift as fast/accurate as a high-tech dual-clutch gear box. Evolution in a good way I'd say.
        No torque converter nonsense, just electro-hydrolic cleverness :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know.

        Big engine + manual = win
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car has such a nice stance. It needs a more powerful engine. Maybe twin tubo 4 or 6. Other than that it looks quite elegant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      A fully loaded A5 costs almost as much as an S5. If you do not want the 2.0T but still want a manual do yourself a favor and get an S5, you'll be much happier.

      What I cannot figure out is why they do not offer the S tronic (the new name for DSG) in the A5.
        • 6 Years Ago
        See a few posts above.

        Previously, there were no longitudinal version of DSG(S-Tronic). All were for transverse applicaitons.

        However, now it seems that Audi will be releasing longitudinal versions over the next few years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ALos, a quick look at the UK Audi site does in fact show S-Tronic available on lower level A5's as well. Including the 2.0TFSI version.

        We'll be stuck with the Tiptronic however, at least for the time being.
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