Least Favorite Shifter in the Class - 2012 Audi A8 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8 Long Term Road Test

2012 Audi A8: Least Favorite Shifter in the Class

January 28, 2012


The lack of feedback from the modern electronic shifters that are now in every luxury sedan with an automatic transmission drives me up the wall. But the gear selector in our long-term 2012 Audi A8 just might take the cake.

Thing is, the shifter looks cool. I see it and I want to use it. But regrettably, I simply don't have the mental capacity (at least not until nano-augmentations are available to those of middle income) to apply the correct amount of force on a consistent basis.

And so when I want to to go from Drive to Reverse, I regularly apply too much force and end up in Park. And when I want to shift from R to D, I apply too little oomph and end up in Neutral and then the car won't go and then I look up at this display...


And I see the dreaded N yet again and feel very annoyed.

For the $101K it costs to buy our car, I should be able to order a bespoke A8 with a manual gearbox, I feel. Better yet, throw in a diesel V6 while you're at it. I want more torque, and it's not like this V8 makes cool sounds like the one in our long-term S5 did. Or maybe it does, but I can't hear them.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 8,989 miles

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