News filtering through from US magazine, Car and Driver, suggest that the 2013 BMW F12M M6 will be offered with a manual transmission in the US. BMW will not offer a manual transmission in Europe, the only option available on the list is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The manual box won’t be offered straight away, BMW will make customers wait until 2013 or 2014 for the option.
The news will probably please many US customers who still prefer a manual transmission over the dual-clutch gearboxes that have become the standard for modern sports cars. European customers appear more willing to accept the extra efficiency, precision and reliability offered by the dual-clutch.
Just to refresh your memory, the BMW M6 coupe and convertible were both unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. They feature the same turbocharged 4.4 liter V8 engine as the M5 Saloon with a peak power output of 560hp, and 680Nm of torque. The result is a 0-100km/h sprint of just 4.2 seconds for the M6 Coupé, with the M6 Convertible following at 4.3 seconds. Both versions have a top speed limited to 250km/h.
The M6 Convertible arrives this June and will be priced at $ 113,995, including $ 895 Destination and Handling. The 2013 BMW M6 Coupe will arrive in late summer and will carry Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices of and $ 106,995. This is including destination and handling.