[BiturboS4] transmissions

jy jysap at cs.com
Mon Dec 30 20:03:45 EST 2002

nicely said.
get a GIAC TIP chip (to tighten up the shift points) and u will REALLY be
havin FUN !

00 S4 Imola (Tip)
86 951 Porsche (5 spd)

----- Original Message -----
From: <mrdezign at netscape.net>
To: <biturbos4 at audifans.com>
Sent: Monday, December 30, 2002 1:04 PM
Subject: [BiturboS4] transmissions

OK, I've been reading the manual vs slush box debate for weeks now and I
can't hold my tongue any longer. As a dedicated gear head, I too have always
disdained automatic transmissions. However, after having built several fast
vehicles with "real" manual transmissions like the Muncie M22 "rock crusher"
and some sweet Jericho boxes, I find it impossible to find an OEM manual
transmission that compares. When I ordered my S4 Avant, the dealer was kind
enough to let me thoroughly test a couple of sedans with the manaul
gearboxs. Clearly disappointing. Even with an aftermarket shifter, the gear
changes with the Audi box are vague and painfully uncertain.

Faced with the inevitable letdown of stirring the gears while holding my
breath to see what might happen, I chose the Tip. Ok, it's not perfect, but
it did allow for a new learning experience which proved quite rewarding with
practice. It took a while for me to learn the drill and for the car to learn
how I wanted to drive it through the twisty bits. But I can now say that
tweaking those little rocker switches on the wheel can yield results that
are not only effective but damn fun too. If I want to "pretend" there's
always the option of changing gears with the floor mounted selector as well
although it doesn't inspire as much confidence as having both hands on the
wheel. In a straight line, it's like Capt. Kirk on the bridge of the
Enterprise as the rush of seemless acceleration feels like warp factor 10
all the way to orbit velocity.

I agree, it would be a damned shame to see manual boxes disappear but the
only way to really enjoy stirring the gears is with a truly superior manual
box, not available on most affordable road cars from the factory, Audi
included. So here's the choices: compromise with what the manufacturer gives
you, look at the improved automatics as a challenging new learning
experience or build something you can bolt a "real" manual box into.

The Audi S4 is truly a superior road car in many, many ways, but it a'int
all things to all drivers... no car is. If you really enjoy driving you just
gotta have several cars, each with those unique characteristics that in
total satisfy all those "needs" that "make you" drive in the first place.
Most of us have more choices than cash but there's always that ultimate
drive we all aspire too and every now and then get to experience. It's all
in the chase not the capture.

The reality is that if you are driving an S4, no matter what gear box it
has, you are one fortunate SOB. Stop whinnin' and keep drivin'. It's not
what you drive, it's how much fun YOU have doin' it.

the karmann.

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