I am pretty much sure I would have been above 10mph as I tried to change gear. Will try it again. As you know, when you plant your foot in 1st, it's a quick car. You are quickly above 10 mph. But it does not want to change gear quickly in manual mode.
Compare that with D or E mode, when the software is in complete control, it changes gear quickly at low speed and revs, for fuel efficiency. A bit more software tweaks are necessary for manual mode IMO. Or just give us full control Audi!!
I do think I should have got a manual. I get in our Golf 6R and think, "ahhhh, bliss, full control". (Although, its definitely not as fast as this S3)
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I have never had any issues with the car no upshifting when I want to when driving quickly. 2/3 times in 7000 miles I've had times when it seems like the gearbox is having a bad day and seems sluggish having gotten a lot of commands early on in driving.. it's definitely stropped with me some days haha.
The only times I've ever experienced the problem you described with not changing into second was when pulling off normally and it will not go in before 10mph no matter how many times you try it. Go to 25mph and try to get it into 6th, same result. I can understand why it does it for the 25mph for example, but the 10mph threshold should be reduced to 5. I can tell now by the tone of the engine when it's ready to change in manual.
We definitely do need full control, for me it's so disappointing. I get irritated when it kicks down in manual mode, it kicks down quickly but I didn't want it to.. if I did I would have selected that gear, haha. I'd rather it hit the rev limiter like the RS rather than upshift on its own. If it was on the rev limiter for a period of time like 2 seconds or along those lines and then changed, I would understand.
The rev limiter kicking in on the RS3 & 4 sounds absolutely incredible, such a good noise. I purposely hit it when driving an RS4, made me laugh my head off haha.
I have had a manual loan car twice, the first time I had it (for 800 miles)... I loved every mile and changing gear was an occasion, I looked forward to doing it.. it was a true novelty. My sales manager was surprised I took it so well. I'm glad I've driven it, it's a rewarding drive but I didn't like the time my hands spent off the wheel on country drives as apposed to the paddles. Then we come to the clutch problems, burning out clutches in a few thousand miles.
The second time I had it, just 3 weeks ago for another 800 miles. I really didn't enjoy it that much. Whether that be because it was the second time my car went wrong, I'm not sure. I was happy to see the same loan car again, quite strange seeing it again with the chances being so slim (Audi UK distributed car) I get attached to cars, so was nice to drive it again.
But the gearbox, I really didn't like and I kept wishing I was back in the S Tronic for ease on several occasions. I'm glad I drove it the second time because it removed the doubt in my mind that I should have ordered a manual.
Oh, I've gone on a bit.. apologies!!