Originally Posted by Bemve
I think that they will do the same as the previous M3. they will only offer MT in the begining and then a year or 2 a next generation SMG.
SMG II was not ready when E46 M3 was launched. E60 M5 got SMG (and for a while) SMG only right from launch. This was SMG III. We have already heard that the new M3 will come with SMG III and I'd bet it comes right from the begining with SMG III. If the car lasts long enough a DSG option may become available but I kind of doubt it. They will want to debut it in another car (as mentioned elsewhere).