Spyshots BMW F10 M5

MotorTrend has dropped a rumour in the world suggesting that the BMW F10 M5 will only be available with an automatic gearbox. The transmission mated to the twin-turbo, gas direct-injection 4.4 liter V8 will be a ZF eight-speed automatic, with no manual or twin-clutch transmission offered.

Reports indicate that the Germans tried to adapt the Getrag M Dual Clutch Transmission (M DCT) for the F10 M5. But obviously the performance figures were too high for the M DCT, so they decided to stay with one single option of using the eight-speed manumatic only.

BMW will be showing their BMW F10 M5 concept at the Shanghai Motor Show. The official version will be revealed at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


  1. @CGT you didn’t understand the the drama. It’s not about manual or outomatic gerabox, it’s about double clutch or automatic gearbox. They both can be made to operate in semi automatic or fully automatic mode, but they have totally design. For M-car DCT is the way to go. It’s faster, lighter, more efficient.

  2. @CGT: It’s about the fact that an automatic transmission lacks the sportiness which DCT or SMG have.
    If I want an automatic transmission I will buy a Mercedes AMG but if I want a sporty car in which I can switch gears better I take a car with dual clutch or sequential gearbox!

  3. I think most M5’s have been sold with an automatic gearbox anyway so it won’t hurt most of their customers. The example with the Ferrari FF is BS because Ferrari Owners are used to a car which requires a lot of “care” in the workshop… an M5 on the other hand is used 90% Day to Day and they can’t risk any Gearbox or Clutch which might fail every 1000 km or so.

    I am still a big fan of manual shifting but since the M5 is a bit too big for my taste anyway I could live with it :)


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