• Mar 25, 2011
2012 BMW M5 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Contradictory to earlier rumblings, the upcoming F10 BMW M5 will reportedly be available with the option of a traditional manual transmission here in the United States. As with the E60 M5, we'd expect the stick-shift-equipped F10 to be slower than its automated sister, but we doubt it will amount to anything noticeable. Buyers will still be able to opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission here in the States, if they so desire.

There's one option, however, that BMW won't be offering in our market. In Germany, buyers can opt to have the car's top speed raised to 189 miles per hour, provided they agree to enter an M5-specific driver training program. This will likely be a costly option – in addition to the price of the training program, buyers will have to shell out for upgraded engine management software, as well as a set of ZR-rated tires.



[Source: BMWBlog | Images: CarPix]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      GOOD!
      Even if the manual is slow, notchy, and grabby, it is still my choice over an automatic.
      But I know it wont be. BMW, Honda, and Mazda make great standard transmissions.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why ?
      Wasn't the last M5 manual so bad even Europe didn't want it ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Car is sounding better than the last gen. It must be near release, that camo doesn't seem to hide much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Camo? Really?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @timurjonchik

        What does your reply have to do with camo again?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Manual available, but i'd still opt for the 7-speed DC box. I hate clutching in traffic...
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's actually the "Prototype Graphics Package" factory option.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ok BMW haters now you talk $**t about something else. Manual trany available on most of BMW models and i don't understand people who are saying that bmw does not offer it for their models. Go on BMW website look before you post something.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As far as I know, the DCT unit wasn't able to handle the enormous torque from the turbo V8, so they are supposed to use the 8-sp auto that lives currently on the regular 5-Series. And regarding brakes, hopefully they will finally use some serious system here, because just adding giant discs is not the solution; X5 and X6M have 15.5 in. front rotors and still fades after a couple of hard mountain-road stops. BMW is the only premium manufacturer that does not offer carbon ceramic brakes nor Brembo (or any other) high-performance package. I think it's time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The mechanical engineers at Cadillac have the crank pulley diameter highlighted in their 3D CAD package waiting for the final M5 numbers so they can select a value that will allow the next CTS-V to (again) leapfrog the numbers. Wake me up when the Bimmer gets magnetorheological shocks and dashboard that looks like it was designed this century.
      • 3 Years Ago
      *sighs*

      Another look-alike Bimmer...
        • 3 Years Ago
        And it looks great!
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a waste.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Road Test Please!
      M5, CTS-V, AudiRS, MercAMG55.
      Soon?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets all give BMW a big round of applause.

      Way to go, chaps!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think its kind of sad that its actually NEWS that a performance model from a performance-orientated car company actually comes with a standard.

      It should be a given that something like an M5 at least offers a manual transmission. I can understand those folks that think they need an automatic, but at least offer the manual.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WANT.
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