BMW Confirms 6-Speed Manual Transmission for the 2013 M5

BMW M5 | January 9th, 2012 by 24
2012 detroit auto show bmw m5 01 750x500 BMW Confirms 6 Speed Manual Transmission for the 2013 M5

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 …

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.

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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.

24 Responses to “BMW Confirms 6-Speed Manual Transmission for the 2013 M5”

  1. Proper!!! Good decision BMW! 

  2. Jackbmw says:

    I’d like to see side-by-side comparison of DCT and 6MT version. The best option for me would be to test them both. But having a choice is always good. I wonder why BMW persists and doesn’t offer 6MT in Europe. There are here many enthusiast drivers too.

    • wazon8 says:

      I would even say that there are more MT enthusiasts here, since still more cars with MT are sold than with automatic transmission or DCT.

  3. Asdf says:

    Jolly good show

  4. Bigk says:

    The most exciting car of 2012 – what a beauty! 

  5. Douglas McKinzie says:

    Coupling a 6-speed transmission with this ride will make one good driving experience.

  6. I bet this car shifts like no other. I wanna test drive it as soon as possible.

  7. When will this be available for a test drive?

  8. When will this be available for a test drive?

  9. A six speed transmission seems about right give the ratio with higher rpms and speeds. I’d like to know what the rpm drop off is when going from 5th to 6th gear. That seems a pretty good cruising gear.

  10. If you’re going to have a car like this, the MT model is the one you want. Automatic transmissions are for touring, manual is for the sport enthusiast.

  11. I agree that there are probably more MT enthusiasts, because of the same reason. More MT that automatics.

  12. Filip Glemba says:

    automatic for EU? not clever step.

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