BMW Officially Axes Manual Transmission in Next M5
June 21, 2012 9:45 AM
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Original M5 and current M5
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
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.
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RE: The problem isnt the car
6/21/2012 12:19:57 PM
Owners/drivers of vehicles who we know have bluetooth STANDARD and are still driving with the headset to the ear. Too bad Darwin isn't getting much business anymore as the herd needs culling.
RE: The problem isnt the car
6/21/2012 1:28:10 PM
I don't get it either but the more expensive the car the worse the phone to the ear is. It could be the age category as BMW/Mercedes/Lexus are generally an older crowd and maybe not as hip to Blutooth headsets and integrated tech.
Ill go a step further Id be willing to bet they have in car phone but they don't pair their cell phone with the car so when a call comes in on the cell they put it to the ear instead of pairing the phone to the car for hands free.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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