Today’s drivers are demanding easier, more convenient options in their cars without sacrificing in vehicle performance, and manufacturers are listening. Recent developments in automotive technology have seriously changed the available options to luxury car drivers, including Audi. One of the more recent automotive advancements is the development of the Tiptronic transmission. Although the name is trademarked by Porsche, a Tiptronic transmission is available in many road-going vehicles these days—it’s just called something else. In this article we’ll go over what a Tiptronic transmission is, the benefits of this type of transmission, and what you can do to maintain it in your Audi.
In the past, most traditional, standard cars came equipped with either an automatic or manual transmission. Both types of transmissions had their benefits and drawbacks, and drivers equally favored both at one time. However, times have changed, and with that come new advancements in technology and automotive design.
A Tiptronic transmission has all the essential features of an automatic transmission, but with one huge difference—you are able to shift gears manually yourself when you choose to. Depending on what type of car you drive and the manufacturer’s design, you’ll use either the traditional gear lever or gear shifting paddles located near the steering wheel to shift up or down a gear.
There are several main differences between a Tiptronic and a standard manual or automatic transmission. The obvious point is the option to shift from a quasi-manual to a quasi-automatic at the driver’s leisure and choice. All manufacturers’ versions of this system work slightly differently, but ultimately the idea is still the same—enhance the driver’s control over the vehicle and the overall driving experience. Tiptronic transmissions offer the following benefits to drivers:
The most vital element and benefit of a Tiptronic transmission is the safeguards that are in place that protect the driver and the car from error. This is a basic programming and design feature implemented to ensure the integrity of the car despite the driver’s habits. For instance, when the car is being controlled manually and the driver doesn’t shift gears properly, the technology will take back over and shift gears as needed.
For all the reasons just mentioned, Audi drivers and other luxury car owners are drawn to Tiptronic transmissions. As the new and exciting option available to drivers, it has become rapidly popular in recent years. Manufacturers cater to their customers’ desires to be able to have the leisure and reassurance of an automatic transmission but with all the power, fun, and engagement that a manual transmission offers. Furthermore, since the technology and software is sound and efficient, Tiptronic systems don’t affect the car’s fuel efficiency or gas mileage significantly—another huge plus for drivers of today.
Though they are the wave of now and the future, Tiptronic transmissions require care and maintenance just like every other transmission. Here are a few things to keep in mind to best care for your Audi’s transmission going forward:
Here at Euro Plus Automotive, we are trained, educated, and experienced to cater to the needs of various Tiptronic-like systems. For Audi drivers in Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the greater San Fernando Valley, and all of Los Angeles County, CA, we offer specialized automotive care for Tiptronic transmissions, as no two are exactly alike. After nearly 3 decades of service to our community, our passion for European imports still holds true today, and we treat every client as if they were a part of our own family. If you’d like to learn more about your Tiptronic transmission, or would like to set up a maintenance schedule with us, please contact one of our helpful professionals today.
* Audi A3 e-tron image credit goes to: SteveLagreca.