BMW doesn’t have a particularly new and interesting model to show at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, but they do have some bloody good news!
They officially announced that the M5 F10 will be offered with a proper 6-speed manual gearbox. The manual M5 will be available from the start of production this summer and will be offered as a no-cost alternative to the standard 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT).
The new gearbox will come with a short throw shift linkage topped with a black leather backlit shift knob. The ratios have been optimized for acceleration, flexibility and fuel economy, and BMW promises you won’t miss that extra gear of the DCT, mainly because you’ll be having too much fun to give a damn about the number of gears.
What’s weird though, is that it’s only for the U.S.-spec M5s. Now, last time we checked the Americans weren’t that big on stick shifts, but here we are.
BMW should offer this in Europe as well. We hope it provokes AMG to also offer a manual gearbox option for their hot rods.