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Next BMW M5 And M6 Won’t Offer A Manual Transmission

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Performance cars are all about performance, except when they're not. In the case of luxury-performance sedans like BMW's M5, there are numerous concessions made to comfort and civility that cost ultimate speed and handling.

But the next M5 may make a big concession: no manual transmission, not even as an option.

That’s according to the development boss of BMW M, Albert Biermann.

Speaking with Inside Line, Biermann explained that the additional cost of engineering a car to offer a manual is never covered due to their low take-up rate. Because of this, the next-generation BMW M5 and M6 models won’t likely offer a manual and will instead come with dual-clutch transmissions exclusively.

This is already the case in many countries with the current generation of the cars, but in the U.S. BMW decided to offer them with a manual because there was still sufficient demand.

"Last year, maybe 15-20 percent of our M5s in the U.S. were manuals and maybe this year it will be 15 percent. It's declining," Biermann said. "The trouble is that nobody wants it in Europe or anywhere else, so this will be the last time we do it, even for the hard-core U.S. buyers."

While the manual transmission may be dead in the M5 and M6, Biermann was happy to confirm that the M3 will continue to offer a manual transmission.

And while BMW M may be phasing out the manual transmission, Porsche has shown with its latest 911 that the manual transmission does have a bright future. BMW, too, was recently discovered to be investigating the use of more advanced manual transmissions, including designs with seven or more gears.
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  1. Even with expert pedal pushers at the wheel, manuals fail to to improve acceleration times to any significant or noticeable extent.
    In stop and go traffic manual transmissions should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. I'm surprised 15% of the buyers are gullible enough to believe that manuals are anything other than
    a car that's impossible to sell on the used car market. Nobody wants the things.Corvette has sold 10 times as many automatics over the past 35 years. Manuals suck. Like driving a pedal car.
     
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  2. First of all, for the majority of M5 owners, I'm sure buying the car was not a completely rational idea so your argument about resale values is weak. Now, I prefer a modern dual-clutch but i'll be the first to admit that a manual is so much more fun. I couldn't live with a manual, but as a second car certainly I would be happy to own one.
     
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