The Sport Plus package for the 2017 A4 Quattro with a manual gearbox puts a little S4 tech into the new luxury sedan.

The option to get a manual gearbox in an all-wheel drive luxury sedan is increasingly rare in the United States, but the 2017 Audi A4 Quattro gives customers the choice of having a clutch pedal. They go on sale in the U.S. this fall and, prices start at $40,350 after the mandatory $950 destination fee. The posh Premium Plus is $44,150, and the top-spec Prestige goes for $48,950.

Audi gives the 2017 A4 a complete overhaul, and a redesigned six-speed manual is among the bounty of changes. The updated gearbox weighs 35.3 pounds (16 kilograms) less than its predecessor by using more magnesium, some hollow components, and a smaller clutch. All examples of the latest A4 in the U.S. get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The manual models can reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 5.7 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds quicker than the previous one.

2017 Audi A4
2017 Audi A4

Audi understands that enthusiasts buy manual gearboxes, and the German brand's Sport Plus package is exclusively available on the A4 Quattro with the six-speed. It gives passionate customers the ability to turn the standard model into a budget S4 – just without the turbocharged V6. The upgrades include the hotter version's dynamic steering and sport adaptive suspension, which slices 0.9 inches (23 millimeters) off the ride height. Buyers benefit an S Line interior that features sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, brushed aluminum trim, and stainless steel pedal caps. A set of 18-inch wheel with performance tires is also among the improvements.

The company doesn’t currently have EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for the A4 Quattro with the six-speed manual. However, the sedan with the seven-speed dual clutch has a rating of 31 miles per gallon highway, 24 mpg city, and 27 mpg combined. 

We haven't had an opportunity to drive the 2017 A4 Quattro with the six-speed but enjoyed the version with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox during our First Drive. The sedan's diet made it quite a sharp handler. We suspect the ability to swap cogs manually would make for an even more engaging experience.


Source: Audi

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