I'm moving to america on Saturday and i have been looking at getting a B6 A4 1.8T (US Spec 170bhp) with the Sports Package But i'm having a difficult connumdrum in overcoming what i should get in the way of transmission and Quattro. Just to note the fiancee doesn't really know how to drive a manual very well but is willing to learn and thinks its "fun" so i figured the tiptronic would give us the best of both worlds.
I would really like to get a Quattro as i feel if i'm shelling out some $ for an Audi it seems silly not to go for the option that they are so famous for - The Quattro. Plus the roads in South Carolina dont have the greatest drainage and seeing as its practically monsoon season i thought it would be a great saftey feature as i see lots of cars aquaplaining.
This is where it gets a little more complexed:
I would love to get a tiptronic with the thumb contorls. As i've driven a relatives of mine new Carrera4S that tiptronic and it was really fun to drive, very easy to get used to etc.
But is it going kill the power and is it gonna be another clunky crappy Auto? Is the manual going to be a better ride, more fun in the long run and quicker etc?
Now if only Audi could mate the CVT box to the Quattro system i'd be laughing. I've also been for a ride in a CVT B6 and it was unbelievably smooth and responsive.
Opinions please, will the tiptronic novelty wear off quickly?
p.s. i've also had a read of this good explaination of the boxes Audi have to offer! can somebody please clarify the difference??