Albert Biermann, the M division's head of engineering confirmed the news to Inside Line and added that both the M5 and M6 will be offered exclusively with double-clutch transmissions.

The declining sales of BMW M5s with a manual transmission has lead the Bavarian brand to discontinue the option. Albert Biermann, the M division's head of engineering confirmed the news to Inside Line and added that both the M5 and M6 will be offered exclusively with double-clutch transmissions.

The costs in producing the stick option are much less than the automatic, but it accounted for just 15-20 percent of the M5's US sales in 2012.

"The trouble is that nobody wants it in Europe or anywhere else, so this will be the last time we do it, even for the hard-core U.S. Buyers," commented Biermann. "We just can't justify it anymore. It's a no-cost option, but it's been very difficult to do.

Biermann did however offer a little solace for M customers wanting the manual option. He confirmed the smaller BMW M3 will continue offering the stick option.

 

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