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      03-08-2007, 11:55 AM   #1
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Anyone understands German?

Who can translate the part about the transmission? Many thanx!

http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/n...2418_14204.hbs
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      03-08-2007, 12:09 PM   #2
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Using an on line translator ((http://www.online-translator.com/text.asp?lang=en) not great, but it looks like it says no SMG and DSG will come after the six speed manual).


"There has said goodbye BMW with the M3, however, to the SMG. The driving steps choice occurs at first by hand by six-ways-switch box. Later should be to be had of the M3 also with a double coupling gear. Different electronic driving programs give space for the individual adaptation to the pilot. "
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'Verabschiedet hat sich BMW beim M3 allerdings vom SMG. Die Fahrstufenwahl erfolgt zunächst manuell per Sechs-Gang-Schaltbox. Später soll der M3 auch mit einem Doppelkupplungsgetriebe zu haben sein. Verschiedene elektronische Fahrprogramme geben dem Piloten Raum zur individuellen Anpassung.'

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BMW has retired the SMG with the new M3 though. At first, selecting the gears will be done via a 6speed manual transmission. The M3 should be available with a DSG transmission (double clutch) later. Various driving-modes will allow the pilot to adapt the car to individual taste.
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Using an on line translator ((http://www.online-translator.com/text.asp?lang=en) not great, but it looks like it says no SMG and DSG will come after the six speed manual).


"There has said goodbye BMW with the M3, however, to the SMG. The driving steps choice occurs at first by hand by six-ways-switch box. Later should be to be had of the M3 also with a double coupling gear. Different electronic driving programs give space for the individual adaptation to the pilot. "
Anybody can use a translator to translate, but this doesn't make any sense, whatsoever.
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Anybody can use a translator to translate, but this doesn't make any sense, whatsoever.
I'd say that my summary based on the garbage from the on-line translator (that "it looks like it says no SMG and DSG will come after the six speed manual") was pretty friggin close to Dante's personal translation.

Just saying I don't think it didn't make "any sense"....
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BMW has retired the SMG with the new M3 though. At first, selecting the gears will be done via a 6speed manual transmission. The M3 should be available with a DSG transmission (double clutch) later. Various driving-modes will allow the pilot to adapt the car to individual taste.
Only magazine gossip/speculation but seems consistent with the concept car being shown in 6MT. The M5 was of course unveiled with SMG III. This is a big mistake IMO. VW and Audi already have working dual clutch systems, BMW knows they need this on their uber sports coupe but I suspect they just don't have the R&D, adaptation, integration, testing etc. complete. They still want to release the car (and need to as well given the push in this segment by other manufacturers) so we get stuck with a 1950's transmission ONLY for some time. I will pass on my allocation spot until I can get SMG or ZSG. Seems like it would have been much smarter to offer 6MT and SMG III right off the bat then add DSG when it is available and discontinue SMG. Sure ZSG > SMG but the difference is minor comparing either with an old school MT. What a bummer.
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