With the launch of the new A8, Audi introduced its first 8-speed automatic transmission and the company has taken a shine to the new unit. According to a report by Inside Line, Audi is looking to equip more of its models with the 8-speed auto-box. That’s hardly news, were it not for the fact that it appears “more of its models” really means “almost all of its models.” In fact, Audi is even considering an 8-speed for the A3.
With BMW and Lexus both offering an 8-speed and Mercedes with its 7-speed, Audi may look to leap-frog its luxury rivals by offering the 8-speed to more than just top-tier models. This move would allow Audi to improve both acceleration and fuel economy by a significant margin.
An 8-speed in the A3 might take a while though and we expect the next Audi model to get the A8’s transmission will be the upcoming A7.
[Source: Inside Line]