It’s an unfortunate world we live in us auto enthusiasts. Part of the reason our species is going extinct is because the things we enjoy are going the way of the dodo. But in this case, it isn’t how you would expect. When you think of driving on Ye Olde Continent, the manual gearbox immediately comes to mind, however that may happen less and less now. Ferrari and Lamborghini have already ditched the three pedal setup. Porsche is thinking about it as well. Pay special attention to Porsche and Lamborghini, those two are in the VW group. Who’s next? Audi.
According to Audi enthusiast website Fourtitude, next years updated S4 and S5 models will no longer be offered with manual transmissions. But this is only for the European market. Meanwhile, the United States will still offer the 6 speed manual in both cars. Fourtitude managed to contact Barry Hoch, Audi’s product planning manager of Audi of America. He replied:
“They (Europe) lose the manual. We keep the manual! 100% confirmed, although I don’t know what other markets also get to keep it. I don’t want to fear for my life when I leave the office. The manual transmission enthusiasts are… umm… passionate individuals. Save the Manuals!”
This is quite interesting news when you think that traditionally, the U.S. is the country most adverse to manual gearboxes, compared to Europe, where in many cases you have to learn to drive one in order to receive your licence. Drop a line in the comments about what you think is the future of the good old-fashioned manual gearbox. You know, the one that keeps you awake while you drive.