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    S Tronic S3, any driving tips when changing down into tight beds

    Have had my STronic S3 for a week now. On A roads, Dual Carriageways etc it rips. But on some of a 'drivers road' I'm finding the lack of clutch a bit weird and even though I tap down a couple of gears, not having a hand on the stick can leave me not knowing what gear I'm in I guess and reluctant to look down when cornering etc. Any tips to improve the experience greatly appreciated. I learnt to drive in the country where there were awesome lanes and roads so do like a bit of a shred

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    It took me about 3 months to fully appreciate just how intuitive and intelligent the S-Tronic gearbox is. I just can't think of any situations now where I don't fully trust it to just do the best possible thing in all driving. Unless I just want to hear the turbo spool-up slowly by holding a tall gear, I leave all the hard work to the S-Tronic and don't trouble it with my human inputs!

    If you must, you can shift manually with the central gear lever (i.e. like a manual gearbox) - just push the stick left when in "D" or "S" and then shift forward and backward to change gear - this seems like the simplest way to re-create the manual gearbox experience.
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    It does take a while to get used to S-Tronic, but once you are used to it, and in M mode it becomes 2nd nature, like the manual gear box once was

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    It does take a while to get used to S-Tronic, but once you are used to it, and in M mode it becomes 2nd nature, like the manual gear box once was
    I agree. I'm on my third A3 with an S-tronic and would never want to go back to a manual. I drive almost exclusively in 'tiptronic' mode changing gear using the stick or paddles. It's great being able to change between gears without having to play with the clutch.
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    Just stick it in manual mode when you feel like having some extra driver experience or put it in D when you drink coffee, hold your left arm on your missus thighs or whatever:]. What I do like about S tronic is that extra pop everytime you change gear, dont get that with manual gearbox
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben H View Post
    It took me about 3 months to fully appreciate just how intuitive and intelligent the S-Tronic gearbox is. I just can't think of any situations now where I don't fully trust it to just do the best possible thing in all driving. Unless I just want to hear the turbo spool-up slowly by holding a tall gear, I leave all the hard work to the S-Tronic and don't trouble it with my human inputs!

    If you must, you can shift manually with the central gear lever (i.e. like a manual gearbox) - just push the stick left when in "D" or "S" and then shift forward and backward to change gear - this seems like the simplest way to re-create the manual gearbox experience.
    You all should bought manual S3
    S-Tronic is great but manual is manual!
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    but s-tronic is quicker to 60 and gets lower emissions
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin0478 View Post
    but s-tronic is quicker to 60 and gets lower emissions
    That's true but i personally like it manual,it gives you that cherry on the top!
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    count gears in your head???
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    dont you get a display on your dis like i do in my a6 lemans tip.
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    just glance at the rev counter and you will know if you are in the "appropriate" gear for the fun you want to have
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinterovski View Post
    That's true but i personally like it manual,it gives you that cherry on the top!
    Dsg/S-tronic is the cherry on top of the other cherry!
    Double cherry FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinterovski View Post
    You all should bought manual S3
    S-Tronic is great but manual is manual!
    I think the sound of the s tronic going through the gears on the paddles is maybe one of the best sounds ever! have spent more time driving in d mode and up and down thru the paddles, am getting used to it more just some of the tight bends just need that bit more confidence

 

 

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