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      01-15-2008, 08:02 PM   #41

Drives: 07 RS4, 07 ML63, 06 M5
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Chicago, IL

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One possible US delay for the M-DCT is the crash testing and all the hoops that need to be jumped associated with it. Since the powertrain is part of the crash structure and plays a huge part on how a car deforms during a crash, does anyone think that BMW must first donate a fleet of M-DCT equipped US-spec M3's for crash testing?

That's what I fear might happen. But then hopefully I'm wrong and it's a simple matter of the current crash testing being satisfactory for the cars despite the slightly different transmission and increased curb weight, and thus no delays.