After months of speculation, BMW has confirmed plans to offer a six-speed manual transmission on the US-spec M5.

After months of speculation, BMW has confirmed plans to offer a six-speed manual on the US-spec M5.

Cited as a "popular choice" on the previous model, the six-speed manual will be available as a no-cost option when the new M5 is launched this summer. Specifications were not released, but the gearbox has a short throw linkage and optimized ratios for outstanding acceleration and fuel efficiency.

As we have previously reported, the M5 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 560 PS (412 kW / 552 hp) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. When connected to a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission, the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) or 305 km/h (190 mph) with the M Driver's Package.

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