The upcoming F10-series BMW M5 has been at the top of the headlines in the automotive press for the past year, and particularly over the past few weeks. The latest headline is an exciting one, with BMW potentially relaunching the option of a fully manual transmission with the new car.
We know the car will come with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, producing upwards of 400kW, although the specifics of the running gear are still a secret. It was reported that BMW was having trouble finding a suitably strong automatic-based transmission for the twin-turbo. Then reports were spread suggesting the next-generation model would be available with an all-wheel drive system. Now it seems a manual transmission could also be on the cards.
Take a look at this video and tell us what you think. It was taken in south California by a 5Post forum member and it showcases what appears to be a fully manual BMW M5. Now, the video obviously isn't going to take the 'Home Cameraman of the Year' award, but you can see and hear the prototype taking off like a manual.
The M Division only ever offered a manual gearbox, right up until the outgoing E60 V10 model was introduced in 2005. This will counter the usual paddle-shift trends that have been going on for the past 10 years, if the option comes true.