Next-Gen BMW M3 May Be Full-On Automatic

We’ve already heard that Mercedes-Benz will be doing away with the manual mode and now, we’re getting news that BMW is apparently planning to jump on that bandwagon, as well.

Peter Quintas, BMW M’s vice president of sales and marketing, stated that durability may be the underlying reason behind the end of manual and dual-clutch transmissions. This is because these kinds of transmissions will be struggling to match up to the contemporary modern torque mills.

Quintas added that the durability limit of modern manual tranny caps at about 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the existing M3 and M4 duo are capable of 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The executive clarified that he doubts that the upcoming models of those nameplates will be coming with manual trannies and that US-made manuals are too heavy and shift quality is “awful” when it comes to supporting the output of V8 mills.

Quintas said that, “The DCT once had two advantages: It was light and its shift speeds were higher.. Now, a lot of that shift-time advantage has disappeared as automatics get better and smarter,” as quoted in a report by Drive.