Finally! Our dreams of rowing our own gears in the new B9-generation Audi A4 have come true. Audi has just added a six-speed manual as a no-cost option for 2017 Audi A4 models. Contrary to previous beliefs, the manual will only be available on the 2.0 TFSI 252 hp variant and will be available with Quattro all-wheel drive. We had previously thought that it would only be offered on the base, front-wheel drive Ultra variant, with the more efficient 190 hp engine. But it will, indeed, be available for the enthusiast variant.
What’s more, the six-speed unit will also be available on every trim level, from Premium to Prestige, and also be available with every possible sport package. This means that it can be had with the lowered sport suspension, flat-bottomed steering wheel and any other S-Line goodies Audi has available for the A4.
Audi also claims that manual-buyers won’t suffer much by way of performance, as the company claims a 5.7 second 0-60 mph time. That’s just a touch slower than the seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic-equipped car’s time. Admittedly, the S-Tronic is probably the better gearbox for this car, as the new A4 is so high-tech and adjustable. We’ve found that when driving cars that are as adjustable and high-tech as the new Audi A4 is, manual gearboxes can feel a bit odd and out of place. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t excited to find out.
The 2017 Audi A4 will be available for purchase with a six-speed manual come this fall, which is right around the corner. So if you’ve been putting off looking at a new A4, wait just a bit longer and try out the manual option. We can’t wait to.