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Original M5 and current M5  (Source: Insideline)
M5 loses US only six-speed manual option

Many auto enthusiasts have had high hopes for BMW and manual transmissions after a patent application for the carmaker surfaced showing a seven-speed manual transmission was in the works. That transmission may still make it to the streets in some BMWs, but it won't be in the future BMW M5.
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."
The current M5 offers a six-speed manual transmission alongside a no-cost option for a seven-speed double-clutch unit that shifts with paddles. BMW says offering the six-speed manual was very expensive.
"We just can't justify it anymore. It's a no-cost option, but it's been very difficult to do."
"Theoretically the stick is cheaper, but it's very low volumes and we have to strengthen everything in the gearbox and find space for the shifter and another pedal, so it doesn't work out cheaper."
The six-speed manual in the M5 has only been available in the U.S.

Source: Insideline

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RE: The problem isnt the car
By AssBall on 6/21/2012 10:12:05 AM , Rating: 5
Most that would opt for the manual are not that kind of driver. Just sayin'.

RE: The problem isnt the car
By Flunk on 6/21/2012 11:03:32 AM , Rating: 2
No, they're the kind that drive 30 over the speed limit and pass you on the right while weaving through traffic.

RE: The problem isnt the car
By pixelslave on 6/21/2012 1:45:50 PM , Rating: 3
Being a Prius owner, I hate those people who drive 30 over the speed limit on a Prius more -- what's the point of getting a Prius in the first place for those people?

RE: The problem isnt the car
By FITCamaro on 6/21/12, Rating: 0
RE: The problem isnt the car
By Mogounus on 6/21/2012 2:04:35 PM , Rating: 5
Maybe you should get out of the fast lane. The left lane is for passing that's also why it's called the "passing lane". I for one can't stand people who park themselves there and then don't get out of the way when someone wants to go faster. To me you are the jerk.

And yes, I do drive a BMW!

RE: The problem isnt the car
By Skywalker123 on 6/22/2012 2:37:55 AM , Rating: 5
Do you know the difference between a BMW, and a cactus? The cactus has all the little pricks on the outside!

RE: The problem isnt the car
By Amedean on 6/21/2012 12:12:57 PM , Rating: 1
With a name like "AssBall" it is easy for me to stereotype you as said annoying driver behind the wheel of the said BMW.

RE: The problem isnt the car
By AssBall on 6/21/2012 2:02:13 PM , Rating: 3
With an argument that is an attack on my username instead of something logical pertaining to my argument, It is easy for me to stereotype you as a douchebag.

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