Audi’s Barry Hoch indicated this in an email to Fourtitude.com: “They (Europe) lose the manual. We keep the manual! 100% confirmed, although I don’t know what other markets also get to keep it. I don’t want to fear for my life when I leave the office. The manual transmission enthusiasts are… umm… passionate individuals. Save the Manuals!”
This leaves the DSG (dual clutch auto ‘box) as the only Euro option. This change bucks the trend of more manuals for Europe, but it isn’t the first: the TTRS of course only comes with the manual here in the ‘states, relinquishing the hot TT’s sub-four second 0-60 time by half a second.
2012 Audi S5:
– By: Sawyer Sutton