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Manual gearbox official for M5

Bowing to demand from North American enthusiasts, BMW has officially added a six-speed manual transmission to its high-performance M5 sedan for 2007.

Bowing to demand from North American enthusiasts, BMW has officially added a six-speed manual transmission to its high-performance M5 sedan for 2007.

The long-rumoured traditional shifter is a no-charge option in the U.S. and Canada only. It replaces the automaker’s seven-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), which has come under fire in some circles as too high-tech and unrefined.

Like the past generation M5, the shifter features an illuminated six-speed pattern and M logo. Power still sits at 500 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed M5 uses the same M Dynamic Mode stability system as the SMG car, which can be tuned for track or street driving.

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