2012 BMW M5, M6 to Come Exclusively With an Automatic Transmission

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2012 BMW M5, M6 to Come Exclusively With an Automatic Transmission

BMW purists, grab your pitchforks, light your torches and march on Munich. Why? Because the new M5 won’t have a manual transmission. Worse still, it won’t even get a dual-clutch setup, but a true Mercedes-Benz style slushbox.

According to a report by Motor Trend, BMW engineers planned to use the Getrag M Dual Clutch Transmission for the new M5 and M6, but found the unit wasn’t capable of handling the car’s power – which is rumored to be as high as 578-hp. Apparently new actuators would have solved the problem, but also would have created another one, slowing the gear change time and essentially negating the entire point of a DCT.

As a result, BMW has decided to go with the same 8-speed ZF automatic used in the X5 M and X6 M, complete with manumatic shifting.

True BMW fans are certain to revolt at the news (perhaps even making a Hitler Youtube parody), but their power should not be underestimated. The current M5 model was initially offered only with a 7-speed SMG transmission (and we thought that was bad news then), but BMW was eventually forced into offering a manual due to consumer demand.

[Source: MotorTrend]

  • Brian Uzun

    This is a sin to all sport cars they have come through bigger challenges than this so they should be able to make a manual transmission for the new cars i thinks it is just an excuse to make the process cheaper and make the rekease date for the cars but not fixing the problem properly and just throwing the idea away is not a fix at all shame on BMW if they dont try and fix it they are better than that i know they are.

  • Tim Childs

    I can’t believe the hysteria the recent ‘No DCT’ Motor Trend article has whipped up! Let’s not forget that BMW (apparently) has said these rumors are without foundation. Also, if you listen to the sound track on any of the M5 videos on the web you will clearly identify a manual box – seemingly working perfectly. Having said that, If it’s true I’ll be canceling my order.