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Saignant(S mode) on the twisties, à point(A mode) around town! The S-Tronic does both very well. :cool:

Filet mignon but what cuisson? saignant(S mode) à point(A mode) bleu(M mode) or bien cuit(N mode)

You right! I was looking for a manual V8 but there were not many R8 in Asia years ago. I managed to view 5 and all were R-Tronic. The single clutch gearbox is perfectly capable, but the manual would have been more fun. :)

Come on Howie fish is good for you lol
 

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I went back to Rtronic after owning one and moving to a 6speed gated manual. I liked the 6speed but missed the R. I really like the feel a manual with the convenience of the paddles. Once you figure it out, the R is the way to go IMHO.
 

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Cruising yesterday at around 65. Needed to pass someone and mashed the gas pedal. It dropped to 3rd and pushed us back in our seats. Not sure if r-tronic will drop 3 gears in a heartbeat, but man, it was awesome!!

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I've had both, Rtronic in my '08 V8 (supercharged). Then I had a 2017 V10+ w/ new S tronic, even faster and smoother than Gen 1. Then I went back to a 2012 GT Spyder with R tronic. I like the R better, it forces you to drive in manual mode as it isn't very good in Automatic, but with a gentle touch on the right pedal and give a slight lift shifting when driving around town and it can be driven very smoothly. When driving hard, it has that 'jerky' power feel of a sportscar I like. The smooth S was always too smooth and tempted you to drive it in Auto mode often which always led to early shifts and not holding gears. Rtronic for me.
 

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The R needs to be driven in manual mode 100% of the time (IMO). I had 3 BMW SMG which were similar. I loved the SMG for the rawness similar to the R Tronic. But you are buying a manual trans w/out a clutch. There is a learning curve

I bought a DCT and was concerned it would not be raw enough, but I've been surprised. It has some mechanical "clunk" to it which I like. I dont want a full auto or "smooth" in a sports car.

If you are going to spend any time in auto then DCT. I drive 100% of the time in manual mode, so I could do either. I went 2014 for the facelift updates over the trans choice.
 

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Thank you all for your help...

I Have already driven the R-Tronic and I didn't mind it. I am coming from a 630 RWHP Hennessey Z/28. Shipped it off to new zealand a couple months ago. I will be tracking this car about 4-5 times a year for fun. So maybe the R-Tronic will do just fine for me on the track and around town. I will have to find a S-Tronic to drive shortly. Summer comes quick in the South.
Hello I thought I would chime in after hearing that you will be tracking your car. I have had 16 R8's (I'm a dealer) and I always keep one as my personal car. I have tracked Rtronic Stronic and Manual. I love the manual gearbox. LOVE!!! But that's another story. As far as tracking the Auto's I took two Stronics out on track days and got an overheated transmission light on both cars after 10-12 laps. It was only 75 degrees outside. I have had 4 Rtronics out on even hotter days and they never overheated once. Off the track I would prefer the Stronic all day but for for track duty get the Rtronic. Unless Audi has come up with a fix for the overheating issues ( I've read several other posts talking about this same overheating) I like Rtronics with the TCU Tune but it all depends on what your looking for.
Good Luck in your search
 
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