Although it seems that plenty of automakers are abandoning row-it-yourself gearboxes, it appears that BMW may not be all there yet. With the introduction of the 6-speed only 1M, at least we know M GmbH is still loyal to its adoring fanbase that prefers doing the work themselves.

But when it comes to the F10 M5, recent reports have hinted at only a dual-clutch, 7-speed transmission. However, now we're hearing conflicting stories of a manual option ONLY for the U.S. market. Think back to the E60 where BMW made sure to bring over the traditional unit.

Either way we're sure the new M5 will be a special piece; however, a 6-speed transmission would make it all the better.

With that said, does a 6-speed option matter to you when you're buying a high-performance machine?

Same German publication reports on the transmission choices for the new M5 which comes in two flavors: a 7-speed DCT gearbox and manual. Only for the US the manual gearbox will be available, same as with the E60. As with the E60 M5, the manual transmission will be available only for the U.S. market.

The dual-clutch gearbox will be available with shift paddles on the steering wheel...

[Source: BMWBlog]

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RUMOR: Next-Gen U.S. Market BMW M5's WILL Have An Optional Manual Tranny

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