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BMW took the wraps off its M4 Concept at Pebble Beach last weekend, and many speculated that the highly anticipated production version of the sleek new two-door sports coupe would debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year. But a well-placed source tells Autoblog that the E92 M3's successor won't arrive in Southern California this November. Instead, the German automaker will wait until the Detroit Auto Show in January for its first official reveal.

An all-new 3.0-liter inline-six with twin turbochargers is expected under the hood, and it should provide about the same horsepower as the current 4.0-liter V8 (rated at 414 horsepower), but with much more torque that arrives lower on the tachometer. The lightweight engine is said to have an impressively high redline, which is unusual for a turbocharged engine.

Unfortunately, Save the Manuals members aren't going to like this next bit of news. After four generations of three-pedal M3 models, our source says the upcoming F82 M4 will arrive with a dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as standard equipment – with no manual option – just like the latest iteration of the track-ready Porsche GT3 (few have complained about the automaker's PDK after driving the latest sports car from Stuttgart). In exchange for some moans, groans and gripes from enthusiasts, BMW's DCT mounted aft of the M4's inline-six will provide quicker acceleration and improved fuel economy.


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      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was never going to buy one of these anyway but... For me a manual is not about performance or fuel economy. It has always been about fun. With a manual I just feel more connected to the machine. It is like a dance. The more you do it, the better and smoother you get. The more fun you have (and you don't even have to be driving like a moron to enjoy yourself). Automatics (even the fake "manual with paddle shifters") just feel like playing a video game to me. Pushing a button at the right time is nothing like knowing how to properly feather a clutch.
      Sean Flanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW has said that about the last two generations of M5 as well, but still offers the manual to US customers. Perhaps this will be the same scenario, especially if the engine is--as rumored--based on the N55, which is already engineered to work with a manual.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      The automatics may be quicker and more efficient, but they are less fun in a performance/ sports car.
      FutureDoc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great, a limp-wristed M4...
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the 4,200lb barges that are the M5 and M6 get a manual option, but not the M4? That just seems really really really dumb...
        Dvanos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        The manual in the M5 and M6 is a old getrag unit which has yet to be updated, BMW basically just slapped it on and it really doesn't matching the performance and personality of the car. Based on sales numbers alone I'm willing to bet the farm that these are the final M cars with a manual.
          Mondrell
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dvanos
          It was implemented in afterthought fashion to the E90 M5, too, leaving me to believe that BMW has joined the ranks of those who are nudging the manual into its demise.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dvanos
          [blocked]
        Judah Richardson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        The M5 6MT is actually slower than it's auto counterpart as a result. Translation: MTs are for masochists and tryhards, not for people who are serious about performance.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Judah Richardson
          I drive a manual because it's more fun, in my opinion, and since my car spends the majority of its time on public roads, my focus is on fun over numbers. If I was competitively driving a dedicated track car on a racetrack, then I would definitely want the advantages present with an flappy car. But, since I'm not, I much prefer the joy I get from rowing my own gears.
        sp33dklz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        The manual is the only thing that makes those yacht's interesting.
      Randizzle
      • 2 Years Ago
      The benefits to a DCT are great. They have their pros and cons like any other transmission. But I see this being a major dealbreaker for many out there wanting to row their own.
      zef56
      • 2 Years Ago
      That doesnt make sense. Why would they put a manual trans in the m5/m6 and not the m3?
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      SCOTT26 BMW insider: "M3 and M4 will be available with M DCT and Manual."
      ID
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's all bullshit, there will be a manual. Autoblog needs better sources.
      ghetto2315
      • 2 Years Ago
      There will be a Manual Transmission! http://f80.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=879669
      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      Putrid color.........
      rsxvue
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a MT kind of guy and I have nothing against AT's/DCT's, but what i can't understand is why manufacturers like BMW (if this rumor proves true) and Porsche can't give manual diehards the OPTION of buying an MT car even if it costs a premium. The cars are already in development as seen by the countless spy vids and pics. They simply have to flip the scenario and make the DCT standard and the MT a priced option. I would be willing to pay extra for something I want.
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