FSP, the VR6 TT
will have a new tranny. It is race-inspired, and very similar to the SMG tranny that you can get on the M3
. Basically, it is at heart a manual transmission with an automatic clutch. You shift with a gear shifter, nudging it forwards or backwards, and/or I believe shift paddles on the steering column. The difference between this tranny and the SMG by BMW and similar ones from Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and maybe one or two others, is that it has 2 clutches. I'm not 100% on how it works, but basically, the second clutch holds the next gear, so that gear changes are vastly quicker than SMG and others. If you want more details, there was a recent excellent article at http://www.vwvortex.com
in their recent feature on the front page titled "First Drive: Audi TT
3.2" Go have a look, I think you'll be impressed. Let's all hope that it is reliable!!!!!
On a side note, the new Golf R32 with the 3.2 VR6 will have this transmission too, and it will be followed as an option in the next few years on more plebian VW
/Audi products too, including the TDI.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster