Most of the Audi’s sold in the United States have been as an automatic and rightly so.
Audi offer brilliant auto transmissions, which change gears in lightning quick fashion. However, stick shift fans do not get much of an enjoyment out of this gearbox. This is all about to change with the new 2018 Audi A5 expected to offer a six-speed transmission as one of the options.
The 2018 models will also come with new engines – a 2.0 liter turbocharged motor on the Audi A5 and a more power 3.0 liter V6 motor on the Audi S5. The latter will be aimed at the enthusiasts. For the time being, it looks like the six-speed manual gearbox will be available only with the Audi A5 and not the higher end S5. The 2018 Audi A5 is also set to offer the seven-speed transmission as an alternative to the manual option.
Despite being only a four-cylinder engine, the new motor is expected to provide a healthy 252 bhp along with 273 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that the S-tronic gearbox on the vehicle will be capable of propelling it from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. The claimed sprint time of 5.6 seconds is only slightly better than the 5.7 seconds expected for the model with a manual transmission. Audi is providing the all-wheel as standard on many of the Audi models of late and the trend is set to continue with the 2018 Audi A5 as well.
It has also been revealed that the Audi A5 will come with the ability to lower the ride height based on the user preference. It will be possible to lower the ride height up to even 1 inch. Quite a lot of elements are expected to be offered as standard safety fare. Aspects like stiffer dampers, tubular anti-roll bars, and linear-rate springs are some of the elements to be available on this new model. The high-performance Audi S5 will be offering up to 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque using the 3.0 liter motor. This model will be able to do a 0 to 60 mph run in just 4.4 seconds.
While the standard model has to do with only a seven speed gearbox, the 2018 Audi S5 will be equipped with aneight speed gearbox. The two cars will be unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show which is set to take place soon.