The latest application of Audi's newest S-Tronic Sports Transmission sees 0.2 second shifts brought to A4 and A5 models for a £1,420 premium over its manual counterparts.

Stepping up a gear has just become a bit quicker for Audi's A4 and A5 ranges with the introduction of their newest S-Tronic Sports Transmission.

It was the first-generation TT that brought the S-Tronic to the mainstage, but not until 2008 did its application begin to move across the Audi stable. Upgrades last year have enabled the dual-clutch gearbox to be mated to longitudinal 'North-South' engine installations, namely beginning with the Q5 SUV and subsequently featured on S4 Saloon and Avant models. Its latest application sees 0.2 second shifts brought to A4 and A5 models for a £1,420 premium over its manual counterparts.

But its price tag is the S-Tronic's only financial premium. The dual-clutch transmission delivers its rapid gear changes without interruption in power flow, all the while delivering improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions better than equivalent manual models. Top speed drops 3mph on both A4 and A5 variants to 150mph while the 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic improves their manual versions' 0-62mph acceleration by 0.3 seconds to 6.2s on the A5 and by 0.1s to 6.5s on the A4 Sedan.

Optionally available exclusively on the 2.0-litre TFSI quattro versions of A4 Saloon, Avant and A5 Coupe, pricing is set at £27,170, £28,295 and £31,065 respectively. Its introduction to A4 and A5 also coincides with new Executive SE and Executive S line specification options, giving savings of between £500 and £650 over the individually-specifed cost.

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S-Tronic Sport Trans for Audi A4 and A5 Announced for UK