There’s no denying the fact that car enthusiasts love the manual transmission. However, the dual-clutch automatic is just quicker, smoother and more precise, making it ideal for performance cars from BMW’s M division.
In recent times, automakers have been slowly phasing out the manual gearbox, much to the dismay of driving enthusiasts. So, the next best thing was to go for a dual-clutch. Unfortunately, its future too, is uncertain.
Dirk Hacker, Head of Development at BMW M, said, “The double clutch, from BMW M’s point of view these days, it’s gone. “It’s now manual or automatic, and automatic electrified for the future.”
According to Hacker, a torque-converter automatic performs better than a DCT in everyday driving situations. It is also why BMW plonked an automatic in the M5 instead of a dual-clutch.
He also mentioned that the current M2 would be the last M car to be offered with a manual gearbox. Beyond this, there will only be torque converters and single-speed transmissions in EVs.
Source: Top Gear