• May 11, 2010
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The all-new A8 and updated Q7 won't be the only vehicles in Audi's line-up to benefit from the automaker's new eight-speed gearbox. According to dealer order guides released for the 2011 model year, the octo-cog-swapper is set to proliferate throughout the Audi line-up in the next year, with the automaker aiming for around 70% of it U.S. sales volume to come equipped with the new gearbox.

For the 2011 model year, the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro sedan and Avant will come packing the eight-speed tranny, along with the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupe and cabriolet (the manual six-speed will only be available on the coupe). In addition, the revised Q7, with its new high- and low-output 3.0-liter supercharged V6s (cribbed from the S4 and A6), will replace the 3.6-liter V6 and 4.2-liter V8 for the 2011 model year. Both engines, along with the new 3.0-liter TDI, will come equipped with the eight-speed auto.

Finally, Audi quietly revealed the 2.0 TFSI inline-four-equipped Q5 at the New York Auto Show, and part of the new package will also include the eight-speed 'box.

Sales of the eight-speed automatic-equipped models will begin this fall, each delivering improved fuel economy, quicker downshifts and, thanks to its compact packaging, no additional weight gain over the standard six-speed tiptronic.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, with auto trans getting more and more efficient, and cheaper, the days of the Traditional Stick Shift are running out...
      Not just the multiple Octa-gear boxes, but now DSG's getting more attention, which are basically manual trans with a computer doing the actual shifting rather than your hand and foot, I don't see too many name brands opting to even offer the ol' stick/clutch pedal option. Even the exotics from Italy are pretty much abandoning them....
      Perhaps it'll go the way of the old Model T days of manually cranking your engine, for the history books.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't mind having 8 gears as long as I don't have a manual where I need to shift.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eight gears is too much. Once you get above five or six speeds, you might as well just do a CVT.

      BTW, "octo-cog-swapper..." Nice one. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I reading that right... The Q7 will be offered with both high and low output supercharged V6s?
      lorena
      • 3 Years Ago
      En verdad lo que más me gusta del Audi S4 es su motor y diseño exclusivo, ya sabes sus llantas de 18 pulgadas son un sueño, además su alerón posterior, los faros bi-xenón, los retrovisores cromados y ni qué decir de los cuatro tubos de escape y la parrilla frontal cromada, es sencillamente woooOOOO… personalmente me parece que evoca una elegancia deportiva como ningún otro… De hecho les voy a dejar un artículo fascinante que encontré, obvio si eres amante a los motores te va a encantar http://mundolujo.portalmundos.com/audi-s4-una-gama-de-lujo/ Abrazos!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last time I heard an Audi Quattro transmission cost 17,000.00 to replace including labour, but that was just a six speed. Can we all say CHA CHING, if this bugger ever blows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tony - considering the wet DSG costs half that to replace, and is the most expensive non manual transmission in any audi or vw, i'll go ahead and call BS on your found-in-a-crackerjack-box-estimate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you might not want to confuse terms when 'backing up' your claim.

        'quattro transmission' ehh... wasn't aware the entire thing was a single unit. *rolls eyes*
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just to back up my claim. A person recently had to replace her transmission in her Mini. A FWD transmission with no where near the complexity of a Quattro transmission. BMW quoted her 11,500.00 CAN including labour to replace. Maybe Audi transmissions have come down in price, maybe not. The last time I checked it was 17,000.00 for an A6 Quattro transmission replacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "But this one goes to eleven!"

      Why do an 8-speed when 5/6-speeds are the most efficient for fuel economy and acceleration?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong.

        A 8 Speed is most efficient for fuel economy and acceleration then a 5 & 6.
        • 4 Years Ago
        5/6 is more fuel efficient than 8? I'm doubtful. The more gears, the less movement into the less fuel efficient RPM bands.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how significant that fuel efficiency is on a four cylinder though?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beware of Audi CVT. They tend to fail prematurely, mainly due to computer failures. The repair (replacement) is easily north of US$2000.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell that's a steal then, a comment above says $17k for a non-CVT unit.

        BTW, this is not a CVT, thanks for playing though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol, about time this came out, nice.

      Q5 2.0T 8 speed... tempting... though i'll be waiting for the 3.0TDI.
        • 4 Years Ago

        WOW! 3.0 TDI is coming! Wait ... you can have it ONLY if you want automatic.

        Sometimes I wonder what's with American customer's aversion towards choices?

        If enough people would walk into Audi dealership or call them for inquiry and tell them to kiss that sale good-bye if not offered a choice ... you would see much more of those AB-famous "but we in US aren't getting it" choices.

        That, of course, applies also to more common "sunroof? sure, you only need to get leather and nav if you want it" deals. Unless we start walking out of dealerships after you showed them the actual money (so they really know what they lost), choices are going to keep being those things customers elsewhere have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen on the tdi powerplant. the 3.0 would bring the smaller Q5 to life. I'm also keeping hope alive that the continued success of tdi in the US will lead to an A4/5/6 application. if so, the local dealer can expect me to be by soon
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I reading this right? The A4 will no longer be offered with a stick shift?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, that's not the A4 sedan… it's the A5 coupe and convertible (only the hardtop coupe will get the stick option, topless is auto-only). A4 should retain the stick option.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fewer and fewer cars are coming with available manual transmissions. Its terrible. Plus, cars that only came with manual transmissions start offering automatics. I'm concerned, but I can't say I blame them for sticking to what sales.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope this is more reliable than the Tiptronic.
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