...to run a dual-clutch transmission.
Are you a casual sports fan wondering why both the Audi RS5 Coupe and new RS5 Sportback make use of a conventional eight-speed automatic with a torque converter instead of a dual-clutch transmission? Following the launch of the last week, Project Manager Anthony Garvis provided an answer. According to him, it’s actually extremely straightforward.
Audi doesn’t use a dual-clutch transmission in the RS5 because it doesn’t have one capable of handling the twin-turbo V6’s 443 pound-feet of glutenous torque. Before you start screaming the R8’s high-performance S-Tronic DCT should be more than capable of handling the job, don’t, considering that the 532 horsepower 5.2-liter V10 only makes 398 lb-ft of twist. Not to mention, the RS5 isn’t really a race car despite the Rennsport moniker. “This car is a grand tourer,” Garvis told at the show. He also feels that a torque-converter transmission is a better fit in terms of driveability. Conventional transmissions are just as fast as dual-clutch units while ditching the herky-jerky low-speed behavior.
He was also quick to add the transmission has improved compared to the one used in the S5. It gets a unique torque converter with more aggressive transmission control software. Pricing for the RS5 Sportback isn’t available at this time, but expect it to be in and around the coupe’s $69,900 in North America. It should begin arriving in American Audi showrooms later this year before branching out to other markets.