paullavelle 5pts I currently own a 2007 S4 manual with the 4.2L V8. While having some routine maintenance done, my gracious dealer put me in a 2012 S4 with the 7 speed DSG. Smart marketing I say. Certainly a nice car. Enough to lure me from my paid for "old V8" S4. Not by a long shot. The torque was instantaneous in the new one. The aural thrills couldn't compare with my V8 at 7,000 RPM. And the performance difference between the two was not near enough to pry me out of my higher HP V8 and a new set of payments. Mind you, I am an Audi fan, my 2007 being my 5th quattro in a row.Audi has repositioned its' S series. I now must purchase an RS series to compete with the M series BMWs and AMG Mercedes. Please keep giving us manuals.Please??? Or I will probably not become a 6 consecutive Audi owner. I hate the thought.