Originally Posted by Eau Rouge
I see there's a novel "war" -- DCT vs MT.
Drove both versions before purchasing; DCT on track. When it works, it's nice, but is it what satisfies me? It was a no brainer. There's nothing like getting the shift to happen when you want it to happen. Always! There's nothing like knowing that you're not at the mercy of transmission software. Always. There's nothing like knowing that your transmission will never go "Limp". Always. There's nothing like knowing that your car's transmission will not need an update -- trip to the dealer. Always. In the final analysis, there's nothing like the absence of unnecessary variables to complicate a fairly simple procedure that is executable, much like code, by most human beings with a modicum of attention to detail.
Not certain that DCT will even be around in the BMW lineup ten years from now what with certain rumblings about the industry; more likely single transmission with 8 or more gears. Regardless, you're probably right about this being the last chance to purchase a new M3 with an MT, and did BMW ever conceive an engine worthy of the last iteration of the M3 coupe with a manual transmission.
I agree with the simplicity of the 6MT. It's already enough for me to worry about the S65, the subframe, electronics... The one part of the car I'm not at all worried about is the transmission. If I need a clutch, I don't have to find a specialist shop to repair it (you need to consider there aren't many of those were I live).
I only had DCT experience (on track and on autobahn/city) and really did love the transmission. But I'm very happy with my 6MT.