Like many new technologies, the latest automatic transmissions with upwards of six-speeds have been limited to the upper-crust models of the manufacturers who use them. Only Mercedes-Benz has managed to squeeze its seven-speed automatic into every corner of its lineup.
Audi is now looking to one-up its German rival with a little transmission technology sharing of its own. According to sources at Audi, the company is looking to put the new eight-speed automatic that debuted in the 2011 A8 into the majority of its lineup. That may include its entry-level A3 model even when it's equipped with the 2.0T four-cylinder engine.
Yes, four-cylinders in the engine and eight speeds in the gearbox, could make for a pretty nice package eh?