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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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Manual transmission rocks
By jamawass on 6/21/2012 10:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
Manual Transmission is the reason I've favoured BMW over it's competitors in this category.If it's dispensed with I'll look elsewhere. Nothing beats manual transmission with BMW handling on the hairpin roads I travel daily.
And to the other poster BMW has had standard handsfree bluetooth integration in the 5 series for the last 4 yrs.

RE: Manual transmission rocks
By AMDftw on 6/21/2012 10:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
The M5 will become a B***H car now. Why put a sissymatic in such a beautiful car? Oh I know why, it's so anyone can be cool have one. I will never own a sissymatic unless I lose my left leg. Only pansies drive autos.

RE: Manual transmission rocks
By tayb on 6/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: Manual transmission rocks
By Breathless on 6/21/2012 11:21:28 AM , Rating: 1
Shut your word hole

RE: Manual transmission rocks
By Varun on 6/21/2012 12:32:24 PM , Rating: 2
I am positive that it won't be a standard auto, but a dual clutch sequential, with likely an option of a slush box.

They just perform way better than any manual. I love manuals too but I can see they are on the way out.

RE: Manual transmission rocks
By Spuke on 6/21/2012 12:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
The present M5 has a DCT as will the future one's. I happen to like DCT's although I drive manuals almost exclusively (wifes truck is an auto only). My next car might have a DCT in it.

RE: Manual transmission rocks
By FITCamaro on 6/21/2012 10:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
DCTs aren't bad. But sorry. I like the simplicity, low weight, and low cost of maintenance on a regular manual. DCT clutches may last longer. But when you replace them, you're doing two, not just one. And with some of the things some automakers are doing to keep them quiet, there's other costs associated.

By inperfectdarkness on 6/22/2012 7:06:57 AM , Rating: 2
You're a dinosaur. People who spend in the 6-figure range on a sports car don't want 1800's shifting technology in their transportation.

If you want to row gears, go buy a miata or something similar. I personally prefer a transmission that's faster, more fuel-efficient and more durable than a rowing machine. CVT's can't handle power for anything, so DCT's are the way to go.

We're not talking STI or EVO market here--this is BMW's flagship 5-series. "Purists" can go drive mustangs.

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