It’s a new seven-speed S tronic ’box that we’re here to test on the svelte S5 coupe. It’s the first time anyone’s tested this transmission, that’s bound for a range of future Audis.
That 4.2-litre V8 FSI is well suited to the S tronic gearbox; if you’re going for it in manual mode, it bangs home the next ratio in the blink of an eye. It’s computer-game quick.
Electronics second-guess your next move and pre-select the next ratio on the second transmission, simultaneously swapping drive between the two clutches. Nudge the steering wheel paddle or rock the gearstick, and – snick – you’re in the next gear, with minimal disruption to drive. Audi claims a gearchange takes just 200ms.
Source: Car Magazine