2017 Audi A4 front 3/4 view
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2017 Audi A4 rear 3/4 view
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2017 Audi A4 rear 3/4 view
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2017 Audi A4 rear 3/4 view
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2017 Audi A4 side view
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2017 Audi A4 front view
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2017 Audi A4 rear view
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2017 Audi A4 grille
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2017 Audi A4 headlight
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2017 Audi A4 fog light
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2017 Audi A4 wheel
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2017 Audi A4 badge
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2017 Audi A4 side mirror
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2017 Audi A4 taillight
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2017 Audi A4 rear fascia
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2017 Audi A4 engine
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2017 Audi A4 engine
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2017 Audi A4 interior
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2017 Audi A4 interior
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2017 Audi A4 front seats
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2017 Audi A4 rear seats
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2017 Audi A4 steering wheel controls
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2017 Audi A4 steering wheel controls
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2017 Audi A4 gauges
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2017 Audi A4 gauges
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2017 Audi A4 navigation system
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2017 Audi A4 navigation system
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2017 Audi A4 climate controls
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2017 Audi A4 drive mode controls
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2017 Audi A4 gear selector
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2017 Audi A4 seat detail
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2017 Audi A4 key
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2017 Audi A4 door
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When we first drove the 2016 Audi A4, newly redesigned although cosmetically very similar to its predecessor, much was improved but there was no hint of a manual transmission option. For the 2016 model year, you could have any gearbox you wanted as long as it was a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. For some reason, despite low take rates for manual gearboxes across the board, Audi is stepping up for enthusiasts and offering a six-speed manual.

Equally auspicious is the fact that this manual won't be resigned to some non-enthusiast variant, like the front-wheel drive model. The six-speed will be exclusively offered in the Quattro all-wheel drive version with the 252-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter TFSI engine, rather than the 190-hp Ultra variant which utilizes the Miller cycle and is more fuel-economy oriented.

There's also an available Sport Plus package that's exclusive to the manual model that adds some previously S4-exclusive bits to the mix, which is further catnip to Audi gearheads. Those S4-derived parts are dynamic steering and sport adaptive suspension, which drops the ride height a bit, too. The rest of the Sport Plus package includes a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel, 18-inch split-spoke wheels, available Daytona Grey paint, sport seats, and some brushed aluminum interior trim.

Best of all, the manual is a no-cost option, and so prices for each trim are the same across the line. In the entry-level Premium trim, the 2017 A4 manual will start at $40,350 and goes on sale this fall.

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