BMW M Cars May Lose Manual Option in the Future
BMW M Division boss Frank van Meel told UK's Autocar
that the performance of BMW's quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmissions was quite impressive, and those transmissions are going to be a prominent part of future BMW M cars. The flip side of that is not a good sign for manual transmissions.
“From a technical standpoint, the future doesn’t look bright for manual gearboxes,” notes van Meel. “It’s difficult to say we’ll stick to the manual, but we still have a big fan community for manuals and we are not going to take away something the customer wants to have.”
I guess a big part of the decline is simply that manuals aren't selling as much any more.
Another thing you might be disappointed in: BMW M will have a horsepower limit of 600 horsepower. Doesn't bother me so much because I think there is more to a great car than how high the horsepower is.