Can enthusiasts overcome technology?
If you prefer to shift yourself and have your sights set on a new BMW M sports car then head to your local dealer now. That’s because the future of the manual transmission in these cars isn’t exactly bright, at least according to M head honcho Frank van Meel. "From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption." While all of that is true it still hurts to hear.
That being said Van Meel did provide some hope for those who’d rather shift their M3 than have a computer do it for them. "It’s difficult to say we’ll stick to the manual, but we still have a big fan community for manuals and we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have." In addition to talking manuals BMW M’s boss also talked about power, saying 600bhp is the limit right now. So, as we said before: If you want more manual M Cars you need to do the talking with your wallet, not your keyboard. As for the power, there’s always tuning houses that can help!