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DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) has recently been introduced in the TT 3.2 V6, the first time this advanced gearbox has been made available to local buyers.

With the A3 TDI DSG, a wider segment of the market will now have access to this smooth shifting gearbox which has been configured to offer even greater ease of use and driver comfort.

Priced at R250 500, the A3 2.0 TDI DSG comes standard with a five-year or 100 000 km Audi Freeway maintenance plan. This model will only be available in Ambition trim which offers a high level of standard specification and comfort items.

Standard features include electrically operated front windows with one-touch facility, dual zone climate control air-conditioning, remote central locking, a Concert CD front loading sound system, Driver Information System (DIS) and more.

As with the rest of the A3 range, a comprehensive list of optional extras are available including satellite navigation.

DSG technology

Although DSG stands for Direct Shift Gearbox, VWSA engineering boss August Jukel explains that a better description would be "dual clutch transmission".

The principle was invented in 1940 in Germany, but it is only the advent of computer control and advanced electronics that have allowed it to become workable.

The gearbox has two clutches (one shoehorned inside the other) and two gear shafts. One shaft has first, third and fifth ratios, while the other has second fourth and sixth.

Say you select first gear. Power is transmitted through the clutch and the first gear shaft to the differential and hence to the wheels in the normal way.

However, the gearbox has already selected second gear on the other shaft, with the clutch disengaged.

The moment you select second (or the electronics select it if you're in automatic mode) the first clutch is electronically disengaged and the other engaged.

And it happens very quickly, but because it uses a clutch, very smoothly.

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