A6 (C8 Platform) Discussion Discussion forum for the C8 Audi A6 produced from 2018

Tachometer, time to ditch it?

Old 12-09-2018, 09:32 AM
AudiWorld Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 129
Default Tachometer, time to ditch it?

Ok, Iím strictly talking street here, not track.

Of what value is a tachometer any more?

It would be nice in todayís virtual cockpits to have an option to not display it.

The only slight use I can see is when you use the paddles to downshift going downhill or coming to a stop. Even then, though, the engine speed can be inferred from the engine sound and the general feel.

The real estate it takes up can surely be put to better use.....

I used to drive a manual, and even then, I relied more on the engine sound than the tach.

Helmar is offline  
Old 12-09-2018, 08:08 PM
AudiWorld Super User
gk1's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NJ->CO
Posts: 7,038

Well itíll be gone when all models go e-tron.
gk1 is offline  
Old 12-09-2018, 08:12 PM
AudiWorld Super User
SYMAWD's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,137

It's still partially useful for the stop-start.
SYMAWD is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 10:44 AM
AudiWorld Senior Member
Doug2.7's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Ollala, Washington State
Posts: 1,017

I like to see it when I paddle shift and as SYMAWD states, it's helpful in stop starts. Very hard to hear the engine running at all and it's easy to see the RPM above zero, Besides, not sure what real estate you are in need of seeing. You can shrink the MPH and RPM virtual gauges small or remove them entirely on the 2019 A6... Not sure on others as we are waiting for our A6 enroute from Germany...
Doug2.7 is offline  
Old 12-18-2018, 03:23 PM
AudiWorld Super User
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 4,992

Perhaps for certain cars it makes sense to ditch it, especially for drivers that keep their transmission in automatic mode all the time. In those cases it serves no purpose. Same actually goes for the speedometer. A digital display of the current speed is all you really need and that's what's currently accomplished with the Sport view in S and RS models where the tachometer moves to the center and the speedometer is replaced with a digital speed indicator inside the tachometer. On more sportier models and for people who like to manually shift, it is still useful and especially in RS models, where the manual mode is a true manual mode that doesn't automatically upshift at redline, so it's important to know where you are in the rev range. This is also aided with the tachometer starting to flash yellow and then red to indicate that you must shift or risk running into the rev limiter. I do agree that coming from 15+ years of driving manual transmissions, I mostly shift by ear, but I still occasionally glance at the tachometer to see if I'm in the power band or not or if I have room to downshift one more gear, or to wind out the engine and shift at the last possible moment. I suppose it would be kinda cool to have the tachometer disappear if the transmission is in automatic mode and reappear of you put it in manual mode. An idea worth considering.

Example of the sport view in an SQ5:

Last edited by superswiss; 12-18-2018 at 03:26 PM.
superswiss is offline  
Old 12-20-2018, 03:39 AM
AudiWorld Super User
KevinGary's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 6,208

I am an old fashion guy. I vote to keep the tach.
KevinGary is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Off-topic Discussion
05-23-2007 09:53 AM
Off-topic Discussion
08-04-2006 01:33 PM
Off-topic Discussion
07-30-2001 11:23 PM
323s are Posers
A4 (B5 Platform) Discussion
06-04-1999 09:23 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Tachometer, time to ditch it?

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: