05 Oct A4 and A5 won’t get Manual Transmission in 2019
There’s a lot to love about the manual transmission. Some drivers may not like the extra hassle of a stick-shift, some may not even be able to drive them. But for the rest of us, manual transmissions on Audis are a whole lot of fun.
Take the Audi A4 and A5, for example. These are great examples of how a solid reliable manual transmission can transform a sensible, reliable vehicle into something incredibly fun and exciting. It’s almost always one of the positives listed whenever these cars get reviews. And the cars themselves become even more fun if you get them tuned up and serviced at a reliable service center like Gerber Motors.
But you better hurry up and buy an Audi A4 or A5 right now if you still want to take advantage of their awesome manual gearbox. That’s because Audi has announced that they won’t be offering a manual transmission on both the A4 and A5 models in 2019. Unfortunately, that means no Audis will come with a manual transmission in the US if you are buying them new.
The trouble is that even though car-lovers think that manual transmissions are great, the vast majority of US car buyers don’t buy them. So while most of the cars we see come into Gerber motors have manuals, most cars going into other garages don’t. Allegedly, only 5 percent of A4s sold over the past year were sold with the six-speed manual transmission. Of course, that makes Audi’s move to quit manual transmission a purely for-profit move—but given that they are in the business of making money we can’t really blame them.
Luckily, Audi’s sister corporation, and our other much-loved car brand, Porsche, is sticking to manual transmissions—which is great news for our customers and other car-lovers. That being said, if you want a manual transmission Audi, you’ll need to buy an A4 or A5 new now or be forced to buy one used—and bear in mind they may be tricky to find.
Of course, if you really want the joy of a manual transmission, you may want to consider saving up and buying a Porsche. That way, you get the joy of an automatic transmission with the performance that is needed to get the most out of it.
If you do have an automatic transmission and you want to make the most out of it, bring your car down to Gerber motors and we’ll discuss how we can provide tuning services that will eek out every bit of performance that we possibly can.