Next generation BMW M5 will not offer a manual transmission
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.