In this world of dual-clutch and flappy paddles, it is quite an occasion when a car maker decides to offer one of its hottest high-performance models with a proper manual gearbox. That’s right, BMW is going to offer a six-speed option with the 2014 M6.
Yes, a DCT transmission is faster, but the joy of going through the gears the way you want without any computer interference is something we’d happily trade for a few tenths of a second. What’s more, this manual will feature a rev-matching system on downshifts. And best of all, you don’t have to worry about all those settings that the electronic systems offer.
Apart form the manual gearbox, more changes are coming to the new 6-Series family. Sticking with the M6, it will also get a carbon-ceramic brake option, which will cost a lot of money, but shaves over 20 kg and offers fade-free performance. Meanwhile the standard 6er gets an xDrive all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed auto. The iDrive is also updated with new graphics and 3D navigation.
There will also be a Frozen Brilliant White special edition of the 650i model, featuring stuff like matte white paint, black mirror caps, blacked out grilles, and new 20-inch wheels, as well as Nappa leather and unique wood trims.