Audi details A4’s new six-speed manual, faster acceleration

Audi details A4’s new six-speed manual, faster acceleration

Audi has detailed the 2017 A4’s new six-speed manual transmission and performance improvements.

The company suggests the gearbox will be the only manual paired with standard all-wheel drive in the luxury segment, while the Sport plus package is said to bring the design and performance of an S model in an entry-level variant.

The newly-designed gearbox boasts a new spur-gear stage that replaces the shaft to the front-axle differential. The drivetrain is 35 pounds lighter than its predecessor, thanks to extensive use of magnesium, hollow shafts and a smaller clutch.

With an improved power-to-weight ratio and a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, the 2017 A4 sprints to 60 mph from a stop in just 5.7 seconds. The benchmark is 0.7 seconds below the previous-generation model.

The Sport plus trim is exclusively available with the manual gearbox. The configuration includes 18-inch five-spoke wheels, upgraded leather/Alcantara interior, stainless steel pedal caps, a flat-bottom steering wheel and brushed aluminum inlays. Handling benefits from Audi’s dynamic steering system and sport adaptive suspension, with a 23mm reduction in ride height.

The 2017 A4 manual will arrive in showrooms this fall for $40,350.