If you'd like to purchase a V8–powered BMW with a manual transmission, time is running out. You won't be able to order with a row-it-yourself transmission in place of the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission once production ends in late fall. BMW also plans to drop the option from the M6: "Demand had dropped to zero" on that car, tells Car & Driver.
The six-speed manual was at significant cost and effort, as the twin-turbocharged V-8 produces so much torque that its engine controller needed to be specially reprogrammed in order preserve the transmission after manual shifts. While we are the "Save the Manuals!" magazine, we will admit we were less than thrilled with the current-generation manual M5 .
While the manual transmission won't return on and M6, the option remains alive and well on BMW M's more compact models, where take rates are high enough to keep it in the portfolio indefinitely. "On , , and , the manual transmission will stay," van Meel promises. That's good news.