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Next generation BMW M5 will not offer a manual transmission

The BMW M5 is one of the highest performance 4-door sedans in the world, with a twin turbo V8 sending 560 horsepower to the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed manual transmission but when the next generation M5 rolls out in the no-so-distant future, the only transmission available with be a dual clutch unit.

BMW is one of the automakers doing business in American (and around the world) who has remained positive with regard to offering a manual transmission across the majority of their model range. This has been especially true of the high performance M models including the M3, M5 and M6 but when the current generation of the M5 and M6 come to an end in the next few years – they will not offer a manual transmission. Like the current M5, the next generation BMW super sedan sporting the M badge will come with a standard 7-speed (or more) double clutch transmission but the no-charge option of th 6-speed manual transmission will be gone.

The main cause for the removal of the manual transmission option for the future BMW M5 is the low take rate; a figure that the German automaker has seen declining over the past few years. BMW expects that the current M5 will see just a 15% take rate in the US - down from almost 20% the year before - and when numbers are that low the company is losing money in offering the product. The expensive procedures of testing, manufacturing and other costs associated with the manual transmission just don’t make sense when so few buyers are picking this option.


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I will put this as clear as possible, if BMW discontinue making the manual transmission, the relationship will end. Jay Leno and others wanted a six speed manual in the Nissan GTR, and I read lots of articles asking for a six speed manual in the GTR. One of the primary reasons for not purchasing the GTR was due to the lack of a six speed manual. I see lots of GTR's for sale, and the primary reason is for that automatic. BMW please don't follow Nissan down that dark path! Just think folks, you are spending well over 100.000.00 dollars and you can't get the trans that you want. I have a 2013 BMW M5 with a 6 speed trans and I love it. I've owned several M cars and they all have been manual trans. Please don't take the fun out of driving. There is nothing that will replace going through your gearbox like a six speed manual. You have more control over your oil pressure, the car helps you control your breaking. A group of people that know nothing about driving are controlling what you have in your cars. I will not spend a 100 grand and someone tells me I can't have a six speed manual. This is where I draw the line.