BMW is phasing out manual transmissions from its lineup, even in its popular M sports cars. The rationale is simple for the automaker: most people don’t want them anyway, they cause production complications, and they are objectively worse than automatic machines in many respects. This has led to the company charging more for the M2 manual versus the automatic outside of the US, primarily in the UK and even the company’s home market of Germany. Listening to the CEO of BMW M discuss this recently is very frustrating.
Talking to car throttle, M boss Frank van Meel said: “The manual is slower and leads to higher fuel consumption (and) sometimes it also has a lower top speed, so the manual actually from an engineering point of view doesn’t have any real meaning anymore.”