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Old 06-21-2012, 10:01 AM
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BMW Officially Axes Manual Transmission in Next M5

BMW Officially Axes Manual Transmission in Next M5

It's a sad day in Mudville for those of us that like to row our own gears. I can't help but think that even the 3's aren't too far behind (<10 years) with this sort of announcement, which would all but kill off the market of a rear-drive manual-transmission performance sedan.

BMW has gone "official", saying that the next generation M5 will not be engineered with a manual transmission. BMW goes a little further with M division head, Albert Biermann, saying it's not cost-effective given the manual's low take rate. The upside is the more enthusiast focused M3 will continue to offer a manual transmission.

"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 warned. "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."

Oh well, I guess we had a good run.

Last edited by tim330i; 06-25-2012 at 08:12 AM.
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