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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 BillyBatson on 6/21/2012 3:15:55 PM , Rating: 1
Heh look at that I actually agree with your post reclaimer... Not that you. Are of course lol.

I'm a former BMW owner (2010 328 coupe sport/premium), now I drive a ford edge lol. If you have never driven a performance car you will never know what it's like and how I consider the WORST cars/drivers on the road to be Prius drivers!!! They can't manuver well and slow down all traffic all the time!! When a light turns green it isn't just the 3-4 second lag in responding but even once moving most drivers take 2-3 city blocks to reach the speed limit of 35-40mph and often come up on the next red light way before reaching the speed limit. Slow and inefficient drivers always hold up traffic, drive right next to each other when you're supposed to be staggered both to allow traffic to flow but also for safety, and these same drivers absolutely hate BMW drivers and others who frustratingly have to drive around and pass drivers slowing them down.

It's the cheap non-performance cars that hold back traffic and are a danger to the road not performance vehicles that accelerate, turn, and break better but drive 5mph over the speed limit.

I seriously hate Prius drivers the worst people and cars on the road!!!!! I don't care if you're trying to get your mpg up another 0.2mpg to save .75 cents a month, HIT THE GOD DAMN GAS PEDAL ANS GET TO THE SPEED LIMIT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

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