Raphael Orlove over at Jalopnik has fine, fine reporting that the subsequent-generation Audi S4 will sport a conventional eight-speed torque converter automatic alternatively of the company’s 7-speed dual-clutch unit.
The reason? The S4’s new turbocharged, 3-liter V-6 that produces 354 horsepower creates just enough torque (368.8 pounds-feet of torque, to be exact) to disqualify the automated manual. According to Orlove, the automaker didn’t rule out a DSG in the S4’s future, but stated it just won’t be obtainable at launch next year.
Even with the classic eight-speed, the S4 nonetheless packs a punch. According to the automaker, the vehicle will run up to 60 mph in four.7 seconds, and its disconnecting, cost-free-wheeling transmission will support the automobile achieve practically 32 mpg.
According to Audi, the S4 sedan — but not the Avant — will go on sale in the States subsequent year.
Also: No manual.