pbonsalb, agreed with your statement on the performance benefit of the DCT. Even though I had not owned a M3. It was simply from a point-of-view of driver engagement (i.e. fun factor) as to why I would opt for the MT. Thanks for your input.
It will not be a garage queen. My last BMW, being a 335i vert w/ Dinan stuff, was exactly that. After 3.5 years of ownership, I accumulated a total of 12k miles on the odometer. IMO, pathetic and only the next owner benefited from this approach. For a variety of reasons, I will be picking up a second used car. One reason is for my two dogs who I take hiking and trail running 5-6 days a week. Would hate to introduce all of the hair, mud, etc to a new M3.