While BMW seeks newer and improved innovative, it seems that the fans don’t always want innovation; sometimes the tried and true is just what is needed. Case in point is the 2005 BMW E60 M5 that had that single clutch semi automatic transmission that left BMW drivers complaining about. It was enough for the German automaker to go ahead and deliver a six speed option to the North American market to keep them satisfied. The six speed option didn’t have the same power or performance, but no one care. They wanted what they wanted and they got it.
Bring in the 2013 BMW M5 6MT, not only does it have a lightening quick dual clutch transmission, but there is also an option for American drivers to choose a manual gearbox without any additional cost. This should be enough to keep everyone happy, but at what expensive do the extra options offer? From what critics are saying, the manual gearbox just doesn’t have the spectacular driving experience that they would hope for. From the sounds of it, if you want the best, then you’ll opt for the latest innovations.
The BMW M5 hosts a twin scroll turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 that will give a more than ample 560 horsepower and 500 pound feet of torque. For the standard version, this engine is mated to a seven speed dual clutch transmission that has BMW’s famous Drivelogic System and wheel mounted paddle shifters. This model is said to easily go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds, with the launch control assist, 3.7 seconds. On the other hand, the manual gear box transmission will go from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds, at the hands of the most experienced driver. Otherwise, it will be slower, but even at that rate, would one second make that much of a difference in your daily commute?