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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 Mitch101 on 6/21/2012 12:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but I'm proud to say we mostly chased out the worst of the pro-Apple idiots and now are down to maybe three regulars, one who is insta -1'ed so you don't even have to read his posts.

RE: The problem isnt the car
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2012 12:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
Uhh but those WERE pro Apple idiots specifically. I didn't say ALL Apple users were idiots. But they were very bad posters, fanbois, and trolls. And DT is better off without them here.

But whatever, nice try with your little game. At best you proved you're just as bad as me lol. While simultaneously trying to take the high road.

You have a beef with all BMW owners, or most, hey whatever it's your right to post it. But don't pull the "troll" card on me, that's pretty damn hypocritical.

RE: The problem isnt the car
By Spuke on 6/21/2012 12:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
And you can't read. He said "mostly chased out the WORST", where in there do you read "ALL"? We're about to buy a Bimmer for the wife (135i vert) so I guess she'll be in the hated category. I'm considering one myself so just go ahead and put me in the hated category too. I have an entire movement/organization that hates me too (the KKK) and they kill niggas (LOL!) so ants like yourself (Mitch101) don't bother me one bit.

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