Audi A4, A5 and Q5 to receive new eight-speed gearbox

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

Aside from the all-new A8 and updated Q7, Audi said that there will be other vehicles that would also get to benefit from its new eight-speed gearbox. Dealer order guides for the 2011 model year, the octo-cog-swapper is will be seen throughout the Audi line-up in the next year, with the company targeting around 70% of it US sales volume to come equipped with the new gearbox.

For the 2011 model year, the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro sedan and Avant will have an eight-speed, along with the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupe and cabriolet (the manual six-speed will only be available on the coupe).

Furthermore, the revised Q7, with its new high- and low-output 3.0-liter supercharged V6s (cribbed from the S4 and A6), will take the place of the 3.6-liter V6 and 4.2-liter V8 for the 2011 model year.

Both engines as well as the new 3.0-liter TDI, will be equipped with the eight-speed auto. At the New York Auto Show, Audi quietly revealed the 2.0 TFSI inline-four-equipped Q5.

The new package includes the eight-speed 'box. Sales of the eight-speed automatic-equipped models will start this fall, each providing improved fuel economy, quicker downshifts and, no additional weight gain over the standard six-speed tiptronic.

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