Good letters, but my bet is BMWNA won't, and could not care less...
It's another engine/trans combo to EPA certify, (not a huge cost or barrier deal), but the demographic US 'mkt' is Biff & Buffy, and via a lease.
Add in the 'packaging layer(s)' for options on most models, the cost of electronic options that are standard in much less pricey cars, and the gross margin chase writing is on the wall, imo.
Manual trans BMWs will become scarce and more scarce, in all model lines, as time goes on.
'01 X5 3.0 Sport, 5 Spd Manual, etc.
'02 VetteVert 6 Spd, Z51 susp.
'10 Hyundai Tucson for the CEO, & 3 Assorted M'Cycles.
BMW CCA mem. Tarheel Chapter