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Old 01-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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To those of you that have the sport interior/S line with the paddle shift: How do you like the paddles for use with the 8 speed?

Road and Track reviewed the S7, and said the paddles worked fine, but were "plasticy". Their word, but they did say they were plastic. Are the Q5's plastic also?
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I love the paddles on my 2.0T S-Line. They're made of plastic, but I don't think that makes them feel cheap by any means. My only gripe (especially on the track) is that 8 gears are a lot to flip through, but I've since gotten used to them.

I'd recommend them. You can even get aluminum attachments for the paddles if you like a more metal feel.
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Yes they are plastic but feel fine. My suggestion for improvement would be less of a delay from when you activate the paddle and when the transmission shifts. I end up shifting a little sooner than I normally would to makeup for the delay.
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[QUOTE=detlefvi;My suggestion for improvement would be less of a delay from when you activate the paddle and when the transmission shifts.[/QUOTE]
In sport mode the response time is shorter and the transmission lock up is quicker.
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I know, but I am spoiled as I was able to drive a Ferrari 458 once.
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I know, but I am spoiled as I was able to drive a Ferrari 458 once.
Nice, but totally different animal. Dual-clutch v.s. 8-gear slush box. Hey, I know the Audi has a nice tranny but it's no dual-clutch. I had hoped but...
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To those of you that have the sport interior/S line with the paddle shift: How do you like the paddles for use with the 8 speed?

Road and Track reviewed the S7, and said the paddles worked fine, but were "plasticy". Their word, but they did say they were plastic. Are the Q5's plastic also?
Plastic are but in all vehicles of this category are plastic or aluminum imitation.
I have in combination with S-tronic gearbox and use them daily
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Nice, but totally different animal. Dual-clutch v.s. 8-gear slush box. Hey, I know the Audi has a nice tranny but it's no dual-clutch. I had hoped but...
I'm pretty sure the Q5 has an 8speed dual clutch tranny.
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I'm pretty sure the Q5 has an 8speed dual clutch tranny.
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Transmission Eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission with Audi quattro® all-wheel drive

Not the DSG which would have been great; especially with the 3.0.
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I'm pretty sure the Q5 has an 8speed dual clutch tranny.
In some markets, there are Q5 with S Tronic (Audi's name for a dual clutch transmission) available. They are 7 speed, not 8 speed though.
As far as I know, the only such Q5 are the Diesel models. Maybe the 3.0 TDI that is planned to come to North America will have one...
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Not the DSG which would have been great; especially with the 3.0.
DSG for VW
S-tronic for Audi
S-tronic is currently available only in the 2.0TDI and 3.0TDI
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In some markets, there are Q5 with S Tronic (Audi's name for a dual clutch transmission) available. They are 7 speed, not 8 speed though.
As far as I know, the only such Q5 are the Diesel models. Maybe the 3.0 TDI that is planned to come to North America will have one...
Before the S-tronic was available in a version with petrol engines
I have 2.0TFSI S-tronic
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I retro-fitted a new steering wheel with paddles onto my 2012 2.0T Q5 and I love having them. It's taken a car that was fun to drive and made it incredibly fun to drive. I would say that having an 8-speed transmission makes it a little strange to shift since there are so many gears.

I'm really glad a made the upgrade. I had to order an A3 wheel off of ebay that would work with the existing airbag. It shipped from Poland, I believe for around $250US. The swap was about 30 minutes and was really simple.
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Transmission Eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission with Audi quattro® all-wheel drive

Not the DSG which would have been great; especially with the 3.0.
S tronic, the Audi revolutionary direct shift gearbox (formerly DSG) combines the advantages of a conventional six-speed manual-shift gearbox with the qualities possessed by a modern automatic transmission. The driver enjoys immense agility and driving pleasure with, at the same time, smooth, dynamic acceleration with no interruption to the power flow.

Either way it would fun!
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I retro-fitted a new steering wheel with paddles onto my 2012 2.0T Q5 and I love having them. It's taken a car that was fun to drive and made it incredibly fun to drive. I would say that having an 8-speed transmission makes it a little strange to shift since there are so many gears.

I'm really glad a made the upgrade. I had to order an A3 wheel off of ebay that would work with the existing airbag. It shipped from Poland, I believe for around $250US. The swap was about 30 minutes and was really simple.

Do you have pics?
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Very happy with the paddle shifters on the Q5. Most important, they actually work!

Had a Saab 93 Aero with paddle shifters a few years back. The system was a total joke; you'd hit a gear change, and the car did what the Hell it wanted to. I used it a couple of times and realized it was a waste of time. Total POS car.

The Q5 shifts very nice with them, and will let you screw up as well. Also, you can jump gears if you just want to reach cruising RPMs, like a real manual. Very fast and efficient.
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Thanks antirich, exactly the information I was looking for.
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I retro-fitted a new steering wheel with paddles onto my 2012 2.0T Q5 and I love having them. It's taken a car that was fun to drive and made it incredibly fun to drive. I would say that having an 8-speed transmission makes it a little strange to shift since there are so many gears.

I'm really glad a made the upgrade. I had to order an A3 wheel off of ebay that would work with the existing airbag. It shipped from Poland, I believe for around $250US. The swap was about 30 minutes and was really simple.
Was this retrofit hard to complete other than the swap? You say, the swap took about 30 minutes, was it the entire project, what else was invoved, some reprogramming, additional parts, etc. Do you have any pics? I am sure folks here would be interested in hearing some more about it. I know I would.
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