The next generation BMW M5, that most probabily will hit the market somewhere in 2016 – 2017 will not be engineered to offer a manual transmission, Insideline reports.
M’s head of engineering, Albert Biermann, admitted this week that there were no plans to fit three pedals in the next-generation M6 and M5 because the order rate was too low to justify the added work.
“Last year, maybe 15-20 percent of our M5s in the U.S. were manuals and maybe this year it will be 15 percent. It’s declining,” Biermann warned.
To handle the increased power and torque in the F10 M5, the six-speed manual found in this year’s M5 was heavily reworked from the 5 Series models and will be only offered, optionally, to U.S. customers. Same box will make its way into the 2012 and 2013 M6 Coupe and Convertible.
But the problem is that this manual gearbox is very expensive.
“We just can’t justify it anymore. It’s a no-cost option, but it’s been very difficult to do,” said Biermann.
However, the head of M Engineering said that the M3 will always have stick shift.
As a reminder, the new BMW M5 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine, which is generating 560 horsepower, between 5.000 and 6.000 rpm, with a peak torque of 502 lb-ft available from 1.500 rpm.
The V8 engine is coming with the M TwinPower Turbo and it’s mated to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (or a manual).