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      06-24-2011, 09:13 AM   #49
Major General

Drives: 08 E90 M3, 99 E36 M3 Turbo
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Concord, NH

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DCTs are making the "performance" advantage of manual transmissions a thing of the past, sort of like ABS brakes versus non-computer controlled brakes (though DCT is not a safety feature for poor drivers so it won't become a requirement and will remain an extra cost option). The allure of the manual transmission now is "more driver involvement" or "it's more of a challenge, in that you have to be a better driver to go just as fast" or, simply, "it's cheaper."

I have the 6MT and have no complaints, but may get a DCT in my next car (not necessarily an M3 or even a BMW).