Shifting into a higher gear in Audi A4 and A5 models could now take as little as 0.2 seconds as the latest performance-oriented S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission makes the transition to 2.0 TFSI quattro versions of the acclaimed compact Saloon, Avant and Coupe. The new S tronic option adds £1,420 to the prices of Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro and Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro models, taking them to £27,170 OTR and £31,065 respectively.
Despite its rapidity, the latest incarnation of the twin-clutch gearbox also acts responsibly, maintaining fuel economy and CO2 output at the same level, or below, manual equivalents.
Launched to critical acclaim in the first generation Audi TT, the advanced transmission added a new string to its bow during 2008 when it was further upgraded to enable installation in Audi models with longitudinal, 'North-South' engine installations. The new addition made its debut in the Audi Q5 SUV, and soon after in the latest supercharged S4 Saloon and Avant.Published 6 February 2009