It’s one of those things we all see coming at this point, including BMW. The days of the manual transmission are numbered, especially for the BMW M5 and M6 models. The company recently confirmed to Car And Driver plans to drop the six-speed shift-it-yourself option from the BMW M5 and M6 models later this year.
BMW claims that demand for the manual option has dropped to virtually nothing, which isn’t entirely surprising. Cadillac’s recently-launched 2016 CTS-V came out the gate with only an eight-speed automatic option. Like BMW, GM claimed that the midsize luxury segment has virtually “zero” demand for a manual gearbox.
Advances in processing technology that control automatic transmissions, such as BMW’s seven-speed dual-clutch and Cadillac’s new eight-speed react faster than any human conceivably could. As depressing as it may be to some of us, this yields automatic cars that are nearly always quicker than their manual counterparts these days. The faster lap times are from automatics now.
It’s safe to say, this is probably the beginning of the end for the manual transmission.