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BMW M President has little love for manuals but will still make them

By Faiming_low on 29 Jul 2018 in Other News

Attached Image In an interview conducted by Car and Driver, BMW M President Frank van Meel said that manual transmissions are no longer rational as they aren't as efficient as an automatic and are slower too.

While the enthusiasts might frown at such a statement, thankfully van Meel said most customers don’t care about the downsides and are still buying manual M cars. As he explained, “Buyers vote with their wallets for manual transmissions.”

With customers still voting for manuals with their wallets, it is unlikely BMW will do away with manuals on the M2, M3 and M4. However, van Meel did added on that things could change in the future as everything depends on the take rate.

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Vinceng Jul 30 2018 10:27 PM

"...manual transmission aren't as efficient as an automatic and are slower too."


What nonsense is the BMW President blabbering? It all boils down to the bottom line. 

Cheefarn Jul 31 2018 10:08 AM

Just because BMW M President Frank van Meel can't shift quickly and properly doesn't mean stick shift are no gd.


He shd go check with his own team of engineers. DSG days are numbered due to their inherit poor reliability and unnecessary complication. 


What is true is that conventional torque converters are getting really efficient and some, eg GM own 8 to 9 speed torque converter AT, could actually shift as fast as a DSG WITHOUT jerking the whole car at every shift. And torque converters are alot more durable than DSG in general. 


Stick shift is still the best if u want max efficency, ease of maint, and longevity 

Godaikyoko Jul 31 2018 05:00 PM

of coz dun want stick.... mean they can chop more people when the gear break down lol ....

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