Bavarians from BMW have a lot on their minds right now. We all know they are doing a lot of things at once which cannot be easy. The 3-Series Coupe version, the M6 Gran Coupe, the M3 sedan and M4 Coupe equipped with the all-new turbocharged engine, followed by the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine and more are some of the reasons the carmaker might feel a little overwhelmed. According to the manufacturers they also plan to introduce the BMW M5 equipped with a manual transmission, which is the tip of the iceberg. It is a big deal because we are in fact talking about the 2013 BMW M5 super saloon.
The model is capable of great performance similar to a supercar thanks to the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of generating 560 horsepower. All the output is being transferred to the rear wheels through the DTC dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission. A lot of BMW enthusiasts were a little disappointed with the carmaker because they did not receive a stick shift with a clutch pedal to control the car as they please. But it is not such a great tragedy as even Ferrari has turned towards the dual clutch. Porsche find itself in the same situation. The GT3 version will be offered with a PDK transmission.
Apparently, the Germans have decided to make an exception and offer the BMW M5 with a 6-speed manual transmission, but only for the North American market along the dual clutch version. We do not really know if this is such an inspired idea as Americans do not really care about using a shift stick. Is the one gear short manual M5 more attractive then the twin-clutch 7-speed DCT? Please let us know your opinion on the new BMW M5.
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