Originally Posted by bmw_enthusiasm
I consider manual transmission as a driving philosophy
I never owned an automatic because I consider it introduces some kind of neutering with respect to driving experience.
Especially on an M3, it would be inconceivable to own anything else other than a manual.
But for the case of DCT ONLY I would make an exception and I recognize that
many will buy it because of its perfect shifting algorithm that questionably
can be achieved in manual by only a select group of driving individuals.
The rest of the population that has automatic is because the culture introduced
it to them in such ways
and they can't do otherwise in case they don't know manual and they still
wana taste the M3.
(or they are not willing to learn a manual.)
Very well put and I do agree, My first new car (a VW Beatle) was a stick shift then my first BMW (e28) was a stick shift also. I did drive a e46 m3 for almost 7 years with a SMG transmission and it was great. Then my e92 had to be a MT again I simply prefer it.