8-Speed Tiptronic Automatic for 2011 Audi A4, A5, A8, Q5 and Q7

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Lexus one-upped Mercedes-Benz and simultaneously blew everyone's mind when it announced an eight-speed transmission for its then-new LS 460 luxury sedan back in 2006 at the Detroit auto show, but now that Audi is onboard eight forward speeds will start to seem almost commonplace.

The Ingolstadt-based brand will soon sport an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox in its all-new A8 and revised Q7, and according to dealer order guides Audi plans to use the new transmission in 70% of its North American-bound cars and crossovers.

For model year 2011 the eight-speed box will find its way into the A4 2.0 TFSI quattro sedan and Avant wagon, plus the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupe and cabriolet models, with the six-speed manual remaining available in the coupe only.

As mentioned, the updated Q7 will get the eight-speed transmission too, but there's more news to this upgrade than a mere gearbox swap. The full-size crossover SUV will also sport an engine lineup change, from the old 3.6-litre V6 and 4.2-litre V8 combo, to the same 3.0-litre duo that now powers the S4 and A6; low- and high-output versions of Audi's 3.0-litre supercharged V6. A new 3.0-litre TDI diesel will also be part of the Q7 package, also mated up to the new fuel-efficient eight-speed automatic.

Q5 fans will be able to get an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission too, mated to the 2.0 TFSI inline-four.

The new eight-speed gearbox not only provides improved fuel economy over the old six-speed Tiptronic, but downshifts are quicker for sportier response and it hasn't grown in size or weight.

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Topics: Audi, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7, A5,

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