Usually when it comes to high-performance vehicles the discussion almost always has to deal with the car’s engine. Not so with the upcoming 2012 BMW M5.
With a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 all but confirmed, the interwebs has been all atwitter about what transmissions will be offered. Assumed to be a dual-clutch unit all along, then came a report that only a old fashioned automatic would be available. Since being (allegedly) debunked, the latest rumor is that a dual-clutch gearbox will be standard throughout the world, but that a six-speed manual will be available, but only in North America.
This seems likely, as BMW learned its no-manuals lesson the last time around with the previous M5. Initially scheduled to only be a paddle-shift SMG gearbox, fans protested and BMW was forced to offer an old-fashioned stick shift.
Look for more details in the months to come, with the car scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this Fall.