For those purists hoping that the 2014 BMW M4 Coupé would be the ultimate driver’s car thanks to its rear-wheel drive layout and a manual transmission, we have some bad news for you. According to Autoblog, the 2014 BMW M4 won’t be available with a manual transmission.
That will mark the end of four-generations of BMW M3s being offered with three pedals. Instead, BMW will only offer a dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Such a decision by BMW is quite upsetting. It’s an example of current times where manual car sales make up a very small percentage of overall car sales. Additionally, such a move is similar to Ferrari stopping production of all manual vehicles and Porsche not offering the once completely driver focused 911 GT3 with a stick shift.
On the plus side, the dual-clutch transmission will improve fuel economy and make for quicker acceleration times meaning you’ll never have to worry about being left behind by an older M3 at the traffic lights!
The BMW M4 Coupé will most likely feature a 450hp power rating and 550 Nm of torque. It should be enough for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds. Top speed will likely be limited to 250 km/h. Of course, no details of the sort have been released about the 2014 BMW M4 Coupé yet, so we’ll have to wait until the production ready car hits the market.