Poll: Manual vs. DCT in BMW 1 Series M Coupe

1M | September 3rd, 2010 by 23
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While not officially confirmed, the word on the street is that the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be available only with a manual …

While not officially confirmed, the word on the street is that the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will be available only with a manual transmission. If initial reports mentioned the possibility of a dual-clutch transmission similar to the one in the M3, the 1M will most likely only come in manual. (Also read our interview with Dr. Kay Segler, BMW M boss)

First pre-production models shown to selected journalists were also fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and rumors around the car at the recent Oktoberfest were also mentioning the lack of a DCT.

Surprisingly enough, many enthusiasts and purists have become concerned about the manual-only option. For a car that is clearly targeting this demographic, the expectations are that a manual transmission would be the preferred choice for the BMW driver who is still craving for the Ultimate Driving Machine that we have seen since the E30.

BMW 1 Series M 1M 655x434Pro and counter-arguments started to flow, and both sides have their own opinion on why one of the two transmission is more suitable for the 1M than the other one. For example, “manual lovers” bring up the valid argument of a car with better driver involvement and feel. On the other hand, the DCT or M-DCT owners raise the point of quicker, better and more precise shifts, the kind of transmission that we should see on a performance, driver-oriented car.

And the list can go on and on, especially since each one of us embrace different driving habits, live in a variety of rural or urban areas that could influence our daily driving and expectations from a car, especially from an 1M.

As usual, we are opening the floor for comments and votes, so feel free to tell us what your choice would be and most important, WHY.

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23 responses to “Poll: Manual vs. DCT in BMW 1 Series M Coupe”

  1. BMfan says:

    These ‘purists’ are having their way but I thought these automatics of today have this semi-manual’ side to it. Isn’t it ok if u want to drive manual by all means? Is the matter of manual only still ‘word on the street’? Thought it was official and a done deal.
    The rest of us who are are in the majority want softer cars that will still be as fast and safe as it can be.

  2. L1ndja says:

    Each and everyone who voted for that automatic shit DCT which will never be as good as a manual is gay.
    This car is supposed to be a man’s car, one of the last of its kind im sure and it wasnt supposed to be made for female & fags.
    Manual all the way

    • Laszlo says:

      strongly disagree. the DCT will beat your manly a@@ on any track and isn’t the manly thing to be faster ? You can do everything with the DCT that you can do with a manual BUT you can not do half the staff with a manual that the DCT does.

      Do yourself a favor and drive a M3 with the DCT. Then imagine yourself driving on a track – 10 times faster shifting then you can do, imagine yourself in the traffic, much easier on the man, then finally imagine yourself on a mountain road with windows open- hearing those perfect downshift with the rev adjusted is a music to any mans ear.

      So you might be actually an old fart who wishes that he could do shifting like Michael Schumacher, but you never will. Get real, the DCT already does !

      • Auday says:

        If I’m racing then yes you are right, but I just want a fun car to enjoy driving and that is something DCT can’t do as good as manual.

        Don’t get me wrong, DCT is a great transmission and it’s a proper sport car choice, but for me and those who value the fun of driving more than numbers and track times manual is the way to go.

        I think BMW should provide the options, just don’t put a lame auto like they did in the x5/6m.

  3. 1Mc says:

    Being a Brit obviously I voted manual – it’s all we know over here and most of us will be slow to change. I’m rarely in situations where I think, ‘an auto would be good’. We really enjoy the experience of using the gear stick – a bit like giving up smoking perhaps – you’re worried that you won’t know what to do with your hands when you give up.


    That doesn’t preclude me from acknowledging that other drivers might benefit from M-DCT in their daily driver as their driving circumstances are different to my own. Also, there is a very sporty and fun appeal to those flappy paddles. I’ve always secretly thought they were very cool and would love to try them at some point.

    At the end of the day, just because I want a manual 1M (and I actually am a 1M potential buyer, I’m looking to px my current 1er in 2011 for a 1M if it’s as good as I hope it is), it doesn’t mean I think other 1M drivers should be restricted to my choice.

    If other drivers enjoy or want a DCT, then let them have it.

  4. Volan says:

    there is nothing like perfect rev-matching downshifts and skillful smooth heel and toeing folks- period.

  5. BMfan says:

    @L1ndja, that was rather harsh but its your opinion. What makes today’s world better than years gone by is we have more options than used to be. Sometime back I was worried those buying M-cars were restricted to black finish for the grills and windows but today one has option of having aluminium/chrome finish with even BMW Individual exterior and interior-to me that makes a lot of sense and opens up vistas for those who want performance with beauty and comfort. I think even BMW knows we are in the majority and the majority of us cannot be gay.

  6. Auday says:

    What was the last m car that had a manual only option?

  7. Bk says:

    I test drove the 135i with a DCT and it shifted beatifully. There’s no question for me on which I would choose. for those who think manual is more manly or has better control, test drive a car with DCT. It makes the manual feel slow, cluncky and outdated. Plus the exhaust note you get on those down shifts is unbeatable. If BMW wants to make this car M Pure, they should offer the DCT as it is a fantastic peice of technology that makes it more of a drivers car.

  8. Clinton says:

    Too bad, I don’t know how to drive an automatic.

    DCT or SMG, a lot more money, less fun, that doesn’t make much sense.

  9. Horatiu B. says:

    Only 10% difference in votes…interesting. I would have said manual wins by a large number of votes.

    • L1ndja says:

      Thats because the world is turned upside down.More and more women drive cars and ultimate driving machines.
      I think its more than ok if big SUV and big limo’s are equipped with automatic gearboxes but sportscars?BMW’s? no i dont agree with that.
      Ok offer automatic and DCT for sportscars cause it seems that women drive today,but the rest which are still man shouldnt be overlooked.
      M car without manual transmission sucks.

      • Auday says:

        That’s way too sexist, I know lots of girls who enjoy their 3rd paddle and lots of guys who don’t know how to drive manual

  10. Golden says:

    Please adapt DCT….

  11. Horatiu B. says:

    After driving this whole weekend a 335is with manual, I have to say it is still my preferred choice. Sure, not perfect or smooth shifts, but nothing takes the joy from manually changing gears.

    • Josh says:

      Perfect way of putting it. As Bridget would say, “A man should always drive with as many pedals as he has legs…” Yep, I think that about sums it up.

  12. daniel says:

    why cant bmw offer the dct for people who want it and are willing to pay the extra 2900… and why should it even be an extra 2900 when its only 1500 on the 335is ? i know i am willing to pay either way..
    the real reason bmw wont offer dct is because it would be faster than the m3 and they dont want that..
    you purists think you are ” real” drivers ? how do you feel when you lose a race cause you cant shift perfect everytime ? DCT ALL THE WAY ( if speed is what matters )

  13. REAL says:

    The real concern here or lack thereoff is for BMW !

    It seems like a forgone conclusion that approx. half of intended or interested buyers for this vehicle would prefer the DCT, regardless of reasons for or against – that’s beside the point as it’s an individual choice and everybody has the right to choose either way, it dosn’t matter who wants MT or who wants DCT the choice should be there as it is on all other similar BMW models !

    I don’t believe the hype about limited numbers, BMW will make as many as they can sell until the scheduled cease of current model 1 series production.

    It’ll be BMW’s loss in the end from lost sales for not offering a DCT option or choice.

  14. Kevin B says:

    Def need the m-dct i think it will sell to a bigger group of people

  15. GryMracer says:

    Nothing gay about a M-DCT transmission what so ever.  The fact of the matter is that BMW will not put a DCT into the M coupe due to the fact that it will out pace a M3 with the faster shifts a DCT trans offers.  No way in hell a person clutching and shifting manually will out run another driver in a DCT equiped M coupe.  Humans just can’t shift that fast.

    I’d buy one with a DCT in a instant…seems the majority agree.

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