Sunday, May 10, 2009

Audi A4 and A5 get S tronic gearbox abroad, U.S. still waiting

Click on the image above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Audi A4

Audi has announced that its S tronic transmission will finally move from the new S4 down to the A4 sedan and Avant, along with the A5 coupe in the UK. The dual-clutch gearbox will be available on all three models equipped with the 2.0-liter TFSI Quattro drivetrain, providing 0.2-second shifts and shaving 0.1-seconds from the A4's 0-62 miles-per-hour time (6.5 versus 6.6 with a manual) and 0.3-seconds from the A5's sprint to the magic mark (6.2 versus 6.5 with the manual).
Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get an Audi spokesperson to confirm when, or if, the S tronic option will be available on models bound for the States. So for the time being, new A4 owners in the U.S. are forced to choose between the six-speed manual or the six-speed Tiptronic gearbox. Hit the jump for pricing and the rest of the details.

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