Originally Posted by southlight
As I said there are strong indications that there won't be an SMG. I've heard that from different independent sources (also user jimmern confirms here). The speculations why BMW doesn't use SMG differ. Some people say there are technical reasons (SMG III gearbox is too large for implementation in E92 - I personally don't believe this).
The SMG takes no more space than a regular manual gearbox even on the M5. Just look at the spare parts catalog that's available online. No problems fitting it into the Hartge H50.
SMG gearbox cars will be produced shortly after the first manual cars have rolled off the line.
On the E46 M3, the SMG used the same clutch and everything else like the manual gearbox. Just added the electronics for the SMG.