Well here’s a surprise, the F12/F13 BMW M6 will be receiving that all enthusiast option that more and more manufacturers are shying away from.
I reckon it was bound to happen with such an archaic bit of kit that very few people want to deal with the masochism and discomfort it offers.
That’s right folks, it’s the manual transmission. Something that’s a pain to use in traffic and something that has pretty much no new technology on it.
So what’s the point of having it? Well, there’s a long discussion here but the simple fact of the matter is that we want it.
Who’s we? It’s the remaining bastion of people who call themselves driving enthusiasts. The sort of people who understand that involvement is more important than milliseconds and comfort.
The announcement isn’t that big a surprise since the M6 almost certainly uses the same kind of drivetrain as the F10 M5 and therefore the swap would’ve been inevitable.
So what will it mean for the M6? Not much really, by most accounts the M6 buyers that’ll specify the manual transmission will be a rare breed.
At least they don’t have to worry about extra costs since the M6′ manual transmission will be a no cost option. After all, the kit is considerably simpler and cheaper to make than the M-DCT automatic.