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Three pedals good: Audi offers six-speed manual on 2017 A4

There are zero downsides to this.

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Who would complain about more choice? Nobody, that's who.

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Audi has brought manual transmission to its 2017 A4, offering a six-speed manual in all three trim levels. It even has its own exclusive options package.

Audi's six-speed uses a whole lot of magnesium, hollow shafts and a smaller clutch, all of which contribute to a weight loss of 35.3 pounds. That bumps up the power-to-weight ratio to boot -- compared to its forebear, the manual A4 is 0.7 seconds faster to 60 mph.

The manual A4 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it's available in the same trim levels as the automatic A4 -- Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Output from its 2.0-liter engine is rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

This variant also has an exclusive options package. The Sport Plus package adds new wheels, a leather interior with sport seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. There's also two special performance additions from the hopped-up S4 -- adaptive steering and adaptive sport suspension. The latter lowers the car's ride height by about an inch.

The 2017 A4 manual goes on sale this fall. The Premium trim will set you back $39,400, with Premium Plus jumping to $43,200 and Prestige settling in at $48,000.