The Future of Manual Transmissions Does Not Look Bright as Mentioned by Head of BMW M

Frank van Meel, Chief, mentioned that from a technical standpoint, the future does not look bright for manual gearboxes as the DCT [Dual-Clutch transmission] and auto boxes are faster and they have better fuel consumption.  However, it seems that a lot of consumer still prefer to buy a manual car while the car manufacturer itself reluctant to produce a manual car.

Van Meel noted that as a lot of consumers still prefer manual car, would not take away something that the consumer wants to have and thus, will still be producing manual cars alongside with the M performance models.  On top of that, Van Meel also said that the M division’s product may be capped at 600 horsepower as adding more horsepower or torque would most probably be over the limits.

The most powerful of M car model as well as the most powerful car model which is produced by BMW so far was the . It was launched last year.  was built to celebrate M5’s 30th anniversary and equipped with an exact 600 hp and 516 pound feet of torque.  In comparison with a normal M5, it is much higher as the standard M5 is equipped with 560hp and 500 lb-ft.

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