BMW Staying True To Manual Gearbox, 8-Speeds
In a world filled with 9- and 10-speed gearboxes, there are only a few automakers unwilling to succumb to pressing efficiency standards. And while the Bavarian marque BMW is hard at work on cars like the i3 and i8, it won’t be adding any more gears anytime soon. According to a report from Auto Express, BMW’s small and midsize cars chief Klaus Frolich says that there is essentially no need for 9- and 10-speed gearboxes because the benefits are “almost zero percent.” Along with added complexity, the higher gearbox adds more weight, and doesn’t signify an increase in efficiency over an 8-speed gearbox. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 BMW i8
Frolich also went on to say that the manual gearbox will live on in both standard road cars, and M-spec performance cars. This is good news for the enthusiast, and even though BMW admits “the development costs are huge,” they will continue to develop new manual gearboxes in cars like the M3 and M5.
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