Future BMW M Cars May Not Have Manuals or Huge HP: Exec

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Future BMW M Cars May Not Have Manuals or Huge HP: Exec

The future of BMW M performance cars may not include manual transmissions or more powerful engines. 

“From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes. The DCT and auto ’boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption,” BMW M boss Frank van Meel said to Autocar. 

He didn’t quash all hope for future manual transmissions though. “It’s difficult to say we’ll stick to the manual, but we still have a big fan community for manuals and we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have,” he said.

When it comes to more power in M cars, van Meel thinks that the limits have been reached. “For now, 600bhp is the most you can get in an M car,” he said. “We’re at the limit. If you go on adding more horsepower and torque, it’d probably be over the limits.”

[Source: Autocar]

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  • smartacus

    “we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have” LOL!!!
    i thought BMW’s slogan was all about taking away something the customer wants to have.

    -Just getting a watered down 5-speed E36 M3 with one throttle body required a massive effort by BMW CCA
    -X1 switched to FWD over purists’ wishes, not because customers were demanding FWD.
    -aaand no M3 Estate, no M3 GT, no M4 Gran Coupe, but YES X3M?

    ** of course the M2 which was promised to have around 400HP, then 380, then 375, must be hobbled with 365HP to equal the AUDI TT-RS while MB CLA/A Classes are getting 381HP 2.0 because why? All the customers wanted the M4 protected or something?

  • BanjoRebel

    Isn’t this a bit of a contradiction? He says they don’t know if they’ll stick to a manual, then he says they are not going to take away a manual? If you’re not going to take it away because the customer wants it, obviously it’s not difficult to say that manual is here to stay.

  • “We’re at the limit. If you go on adding more horsepower and torque, it’d probably be over the limits.”

    wow, he must be a scientist or something

  • AND YOU ARE A BULLSHIT LOLOLOLOL!

  • Pete Flynn

    The deletion of a finely-engineered MT is a mistake. I enjoy operating mine and appreciate it. I could give a flying fig that isn’t as fast as a paddle or auto.

  • Steven Palmer

    the last thing BMW needs is more plastic… crappy aluminum that has problems with stripped threads overheating nightmares… at a certain point it is not streetable, unless you have the luxury of living in a place where you can enjoy the drive… since there will be less people with cash to burn through cars that are only good for 100,000 miles before needing complete rebuilds… the list goes on… when it blows they just tell you to come buy a new one… low end starts at $50K !

  • uofsc93

    Yeah, he’ll be fired soon and the new BMW M boss will sing a different tune.