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      01-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #56
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Originally Posted by Vic311 View Post
So much for your theory about the M3 not being designed for a manual transmission. When talking about why the M5 will not be offered anymore with a manual transmission Albert Biermann, Head of M Engineering Click

And I quote:

“We just can’t justify it anymore. It’s a no-cost option, but it’s been very difficult to do,” said Biermann.

“Theoretically the stick is cheaper, but it’s very low volumes and we have to strengthen everything in the gearbox and find space for the shifter and another pedal, so it doesn’t work out cheaper.”

“But these rules don’t apply to the bread and butter of the M division: the M3. Biermann said that the M3 “needs to have a stick shift.” To emphasize even more on the importance of the manual box for the M3, he added “It will always have a stick shift.”

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