The new 2012 BMW M5 – Officially unveiled but no manual gearbox? image

BMW unveiled the new M5 just minutes ago, but the press release does not mention anything about any manual gearbox.

According to the automaker, the F10 M5 will be powered by an 560hp 4,395cc – V8 Twin Scroll Twin Turbo engine, and a 7-speed DCT transmission.

The automaker said that with this new seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission Drivelogic and Efficient Dynamics technology, including engine Auto Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration, the M5’s fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 30 per cent to 28.5mpg, while CO2 emissions tumble to 232g/km.

The transmission offers manual (S) and fully automated (D) shift options, with three programmes in each, allowing the driver to select the most sporty, relaxed or efficient driving style at will via a rocker switch.

There is also a low speed assistance function to keep the car moving smoothly through heavy traffic with only a light touch on the accelerator. At the same time the engine characteristics can be switched from Efficient to Sport or Sport Plus through another button in the centre console.

Question remains – when BMW will offer manual gearbox?