Rest easy, die-hard enthusiasts. BMW has officially confirmed that the 2013 M5 sedan will be offered with a do-it-yourself six-speed manual transmission here in the United States. When the car arrives Stateside this summer, it will come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a row-your-own gearbox as a no-cost option. BMW even goes so far to state that while the manual transmission has one less gear than the DCT, its "ratios have been optimized for acceleration, flexibility and fuel economy." Sounds good to us.
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BMW Confirms 6-Speed Manual Transmission for the 2013 M5.

Detroit, MI –

On the occasion of the North American International Auto Show, BMW confirmed today that it will offer a 6-speed manual transmission on the North American version of the upcoming 2013 BMW M5. The 6-speed manual 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 manual gearbox was a popular choice for U.S. customers of the previous generation M5 and continues to be a unique offer in the segment.

Though the 6-speed gearbox has one less gear than the M-DCT transmission, the ratios have been optimized for acceleration, flexibility and fuel economy. Final drive ratio and special M differential are maintained. The new transmission is mated to a short throw shift linkage topped with a black leather backlit shift knob.

The 2013 M5 will arrive at US BMW Centers in late summer 2012. Pricing, options and specifications will be released closer to the on-sale date.


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      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      So nice to hear!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 3 Years Ago
      When this gen 5 series first came out (m5 included), I thought it looked really bland. But after seeing more and more of them in person, it has really grown on me. Can't wait to read the reviews on the row it yourself version! ...god knows I can't afford to buy one for myself haha
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree that the DCT is probably the better/faster/smoother transmission, but I'm glad that manual is an OPTION...some people just want their car a specific way, and they should be allowed to get it!
      audisp0rta4
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I were in the position to buy this car, I wouldn't quibble over the fact that the cheaper to build 6 speed is the same price as the DCT. Think about it like this...even though the manual probably costs less to develop, it still costs the manufacturer some money to configure for the M5. Since this car seems to be available only to our market, and hardly anyone will even buy it, you're basically helping to offset some of the development costs for the privilidge of having it in the first place.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      YES! Good for BMW. USA buyers: support the manual transmission or you will soon lose it.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Svartorn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will truly be sad the day manuals no longer come on new cars.
      ccweems
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW doing you a favor? Check your wallet fool. The call it a no cost option but as you drive it off the lot you lost $3000 versus the automatic. How? When you trade it in you'll find that the auto tranny is worth more. So BMW is giving you a far less expensive transmission for free. I have no argument on the desirability of the 6M but BMW should reduce the price for a transmission that costs them far less. By offering it "at no additional cost" BMW is eliminating all of those mildly interested (the dealer will surely talk them into the auto) and provide it to enthusiasts who want a manual at all costs. They are doing us no favor.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        ?? Since when is a BMW automatic transmission a good deal on a used BMW? I avoid BMW's autos like the plague they are. Audi automatics a close second. Even BMW's SMG is no bargain and certainly not when you have to service one. The 6MT is the last bastion of a trouble-free transmission plus it gives you the opportunity to do something with your hand other than texting.
        quackmanquackman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Yeah, BMW just wants to make it an unattractive option so they have a low-sales excuse not to offer a manual in future cars.
      Noah
      • 3 Years Ago
      I couldn't be the only enthusiast that loves BMW's auto transmissions. They're not really your average automatic.
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