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      03-25-2007, 12:40 AM   #53

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Originally Posted by maq View Post
The BMW 7-speed SMG III, or Getrag 7AMI550, has an unconventional shift pattern (shown below) that is designed to be operated by a computer controlled hydraulic system.
Thanks for the pic - this is what I was talking about in a previous post, although my memory failed me considerably on the actually patern itself.

It is not possible in any way or form to modify this gearbox into a conventional H pattern manual. A manual version must have totally different/redesigned internals and quite likely new casing. That's a lot of development to do, and is likely to cost a lot. I'm under the impression that if it was worth it, BMW/Getrag would have done so already.
Perhaps, but the I still think it is logical to assume a 7 speed manual from Getrag or some other company will eventually exist. Probaby by end of decade.
A gen-u-ine BMW eff-eight-zero with them tandem clutches in the transmission and that dad gum sun roof on the top-a da cawr.