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BMW has ensured its more enthusiastic BMW M5 and M6 fans in the US will have the opportunity to shift gears themselves, confirming a six-speed manual transmission option will join the standard seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Car and Driver reports the ‘stick’ will be available on both the coupe and convertible versions of the BMW M6 next year or 2014 after the initial auto-only run of launch vehicles.

While most markets across Europe – and Australia – have taken to the quicker shifts and improved fuel economy of the automated transmission, consumers in the US have persevered with continued requests for the traditional cog-swapper.

BMW Australia’s Product Communications Manager Scott Croaker told CarAdvice the manual transmission is not being considered for the local market as demand from consumers simply hasn’t been there. A bit sad really.




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