If you have an automatic, multitronic or tiptronic transmission on a Audi A4 or S4 from 2002.5-2008 (B6/B7) and you want to upgrade your shift knob, here are the options you have available based on my research – if you know of any I missed, let me know! And obviously, if you have a manual transmission, the sky is the limit in terms of shift knobs you can attach – so this article is really only for the automatic transmission drivers who have a much more limited number of options to choose from…
Option 1: Upgrade to the S-Line Shift Knob with Perforated Leather
This is an OEM part that slides right on – so if you don’t have the perforated air leather and want it, simply purchase the shift knob off of an S-Line package 2006-2008 Audi A4, and also present on the S4. The part number is 8E1713141AGQPY – thanks to the commenter below for pointing this out!
Option 2: Fit an S6 Tiptronic Knob on (requires minor modification)
The S6 shift knob has a really cool look to it, and if you car doesn’t already have the perforated air leather steering wheel or e-brake cover then this is a great choice as it will match the other smooth leather surfaces of your car. You do need to make some minor modifications to get the shift knob to fit, but they are very minor – you just have to trim down a few of the tabs to fit correctly. You can read up on how to modify the S6 shift knob to fit here or here on Audizine.com. You can buy the S6 shift knob on eBay:
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Option 3: Convert to run any (manual transmission) shift knob you want, using the Supreme Power Parts Tip Mod
This is a nifty option for those wanting to get a little more creative with their shift knobs – convert it to accept any manual transmission shift knob you want! My friends at Supreme Power Parts have developed this for our cars, and for the relatively low price of $60 you can get this adapter shipped to your door, and use it with any shift knob on the market you’d like – perfect if you’d like to do something a little more extreme than the OEM Audi options mentioned above. You can purchase this at http://supremepowerparts.com/11/0/0/5198/2005.5_Audi_A4_FWD_2.0T.html
Option 4: Have your shift knob re-wrapped professionally
I don’t have any pictures of this, but your last option is to take your shift knob re-wrapped professionally by an upholestery shop in whatever fabric (such as alcantara or suede) or color (white, silver, etc) that you’d like. This will probably be the most time consuming and expensive option, but definitely something to consider.
Know of any other options? Let me know in the comments…