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.