Next-Generation BMW M5 and BMW M6 Will Not Offer Manual Transmission Option

April 20th, 2016 by

BMW M-Series Transmission Options

2018 BMW M-Series Transmission Options and Specs

When it comes to performance, the BMW M-Series models deliver on all counts. Responsive handling, explosive acceleration and mind-blowing speed characterize the BMW M-Series performance division. Within the BMW M-Series spectrum, the BMW M5 and BMW M6 are in a class all their own, manufacturing power numbers that competitors simply cannot match.

While power-packed and turbocharged engine options garner the majority of headlines, they are only one element of the performance-tuned BMW M-Series equation. A refined transmission will channel explosive power and deliver an incredible performance that no human can match. Due to a lack of demand, the next-generation BMW M5 and BMW M6 will drop the manual transmission option. Take a closer look at the 2018 BMW M-Series transmission options and specs for future editions.

BMW M5 Performance Specs and Transmission Options

Current BMW M5 models are among the most powerful, performance-tuned sedans on the road. Featuring a 560-horsepower 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V-8 under the hood, the BMW M5 will shell out a mammoth 500 pound-feet of torque. Paired with your choice between a seven-speed dual-clutch auto-shift transmission and a responsive six-speed manual gearbox, the BMW M5 is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. When you incorporate the Competition Package, you will benefit from an additional 15 horsepower, bringing the peak power of the BMW M5 to 575 horsepower.

An element that has set the BMW M5 apart from many competitors is the availability of a manual transmission. Developed exclusively for United States drivers, the manual transmission has fallen by the wayside. With a more dynamic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available, the demand for the manual BMW M5 has dropped to zero according to BMW officials. When the 2018 BMW M5 hits the streets, it will come without a manual transmission option and is expected to add BMW xDrive All-Wheel Drive technology.

BMW M6 Performance Specs and Transmission Options

Sliding into the driver’s seat of the 2016 BMW M6, this vehicle will provide drivers with raw, unmitigated power and unrivaled performance. Under the hood, the BMW M6 employs a 560-horsepower 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V-8 that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. Together these elements will rocket the BMW M6 from zero to 60 mph in a mind-blowing 4.1 seconds. Much like the BMW M5, the 2018 BMW M6 will eschew the manual transmission option do to lack of demand and will upgrade power and performance specs.

For drivers who enjoy the traditional feel of a manual transmission, the future BMW M2, BMW M3 and BMW M4 will still be available with a manual gearbox. We hope that this overview of the 2018 BMW M-Series transmission options and specs has helped illustrate the elite levels of power and performance that you can expect when they arrive at BMW of North Haven. Keep an eye on the BMW of North Haven inventory for the arrival of next-generation BMW M-Series models.