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.”
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