Another one bites the dust…
At least that’s the word out of the US, with Car And Driver reporting that the 2016 Audi TT RS will be the latest performance car to do away with the manual transmission entirely.
That means Audi buyers holding out for the new RS version of the carmaker’s TT sports car could have no choice but to accept the S-tronic automatic transmission - or consider another car.
The previous model was available with either a six-speed manual or the seven-speed S-tronic self-shifter, and in the US market it was manual or nothing.
So why the about-face from Audi?
We’ve no doubt it’s for the same reasons BMW M boss Frank van Meel outlined a few weeks back.
Mr van Meel reportedly said the manual transmission might not be long for this world, at least in BMW’s M models, as customers are demanding ever-improving acceleration times and miniscule improvements to fuel consumption that the traditional manual no longer accommodates.
Audi customers can, for now, opt for a manual transmission in the regular TT coupe in Australia, but the new roadster version which arrived this month is already an auto-only affair.
As for the new TT RS' local future, Audi has yet to officially confirm an Australian debut.
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