Shifting into a higher gear in Audi A4 and A5 models for European drivers could take as little as 0.2 seconds from this month as the S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission is now available in the base 2.0L TFSI quattro versions of the A4 Sedan and Avant models as well as the A5 Coupe.

In Sedan form, the A4 2.0L TFSI quattro S tronic can power to 62mph from rest in 6.5 seconds - a 0.1 second improvement over the manual - reach a top speed of 150mph and return 31.8mpg according to the combined cycle test. In the A5 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic, the sprint to 62mph can be completed 0.3 seconds more quickly than in the manual at 6.2 seconds, and a top speed of 150mph can be reached, while combined economy and CO2 output match the A4 at 31.8mpg and 172g/km.

For cars equipped with the S tronic gearbox, drivers can select from full automatic or full manual with shifts via the gear lever or steering wheel-mounted paddle controls. There is also an optional Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which can adjust throttle response, transmission points, steering weighting and damper control all at the press of a button.

This particular S tronic transmission was configured for longitudinal engine installations and was first used in the Q5 SUV and S4 Sedan and Avant models.