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Must be a few people out there with the A8. Does it have a skip shift feature so you can paddle 1-3-5-7 or 2-4-6-8. Or, must you upshift every one of the 8 gears?
 

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I won't have my A8 until Friday, but I had an A6 in my 2007 and there was not a way to directly skip gears. I do not think that this would be a feature in the A8 either.
 

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I seriously doubt if there would be a way to do this with a stock A8. Also, I am not sure why someone would want this feature if the shifts are so lightning fast anyway.
 

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I could swear I read somewhere that if you are braking and hold the down-shift paddle it will go to the correct gear in one swell swoop.
 

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I could swear I read somewhere that if you are braking and hold the down-shift paddle it will go to the correct gear in one swell swoop.
That is true; it will go own to the lowest gear which still has a safe RPM for that speed. I am not sure if it will immediately go to that gear, or go quickly there hitting every gear on the way. At any rate, I don't think that was what the OP was asking about, but the feature you reminded us of is surely very nice!
 

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Wow the A8 is sounding better all the time. I was absolutely set on the 7 speed but this auto is really tempting me.
 

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Have not driven mine enough to say it's the best Trans ever but loved the way it feels on take off and straight line acceleration. Until after 500 miles I might not get a full feel of how much I will enjoy it. Like others have said on deceleration I did feel and notice the car downshifting. Not sure I noticed that on the loaner A6 I drove a week or so before getting my car.
 

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I like to paddle shift casually around town. But I think shifting thru 8 gears would be cumbersome. I thought I read somewhere that there was a skip shift option for casual around town driving.
 

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I like to paddle shift casually around town. But I think shifting thru 8 gears would be cumbersome. I thought I read somewhere that there was a skip shift option for casual around town driving.
Should not be an issue since you would not normally get up through 8 in casual around town driving, plus you can always move your shifter from M to D.
 

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With only 100 miles on the A8 I haven't attempted anything out the ordinary. Not sure of the even or odd gear selection. I must say I'm impressed on both the D and M selections. Smooth but firm shifting without going nuts in D. In the M mode those paddles give this car a real tight feel. Until I get over the break in miles, I cannot comment on the shift timing under load. Interesting find, if you are in D the paddles are still active. Meaning the transmission switches into M and provides visual indication of which gear you are in. NICE ! You can be driving down the road in D, touch either the + or - paddle and the car drills down to the selected gear and the indication on the 'shifter' goes from D to M. Still working on how to go back to D but what a nice feature. Also there is enough smarts with this car that as you downshift in M with your foot off of the pedal it automatically compensates the engine rpm as to not jerk you forward. Again, nice. Still experimenting but thus far I'm having fun with the A8.
 

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I believe if the shifter is still in D it will default back after a certain amount of time without paddle input.
 
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Still working on how to go back to D but what a nice feature.
In my edge sport if you just leave it, it will go back into D shortly
 
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With only 100 miles on the A8 I haven't attempted anything out the ordinary. Not sure of the even or odd gear selection. I must say I'm impressed on both the D and M selections. Smooth but firm shifting without going nuts in D. In the M mode those paddles give this car a real tight feel. Until I get over the break in miles, I cannot comment on the shift timing under load. Interesting find, if you are in D the paddles are still active. Meaning the transmission switches into M and provides visual indication of which gear you are in. NICE ! You can be driving down the road in D, touch either the + or - paddle and the car drills down to the selected gear and the indication on the 'shifter' goes from D to M. Still working on how to go back to D but what a nice feature. Also there is enough smarts with this car that as you downshift in M with your foot off of the pedal it automatically compensates the engine rpm as to not jerk you forward. Again, nice. Still experimenting but thus far I'm having fun with the A8.
On the 2014 A6 you just hold the right paddle down and it will return to drive in a couple seconds (if the shifter is in D of course). I assume the A8 is the same.

It will go back to D on its own if you arent doing what the computer thinks is 'performance' driving as well.
 
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