Three-pedal fans out there will be glad to hear that the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 cars have been confirmed to get manual transmissions. The availability of manual transmission was confirmed by BMW M head Markus Flasch.
The confirmation from Flasch has proven rumors that the manual would return to the cars correct. “It’s a bit early to disclose all the details but something I want to highlight is that we will have a manual stick shift,” Flasch told BMW Blog. “Manual is very important. The manual stick shift is not a performance-bringer, because an automatic transmission is just faster, you can ask any race driver. But it gives the vehicle character and I kind of compare it to people who love mechanical watches; it isn’t more precise and it doesn’t have any advantage at all but it’s a character feature. So is a stick shift.”
Other rumors about the 2021 M3 and M4 suggest they will have all-wheel drive as an option and will be revealed next year as a 2021 model year car. It sounds like the M cars may be the only BMWs that get a manual transmission.
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