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The Shift Away from Manual Transmissions: A Close Look for Young Car Enthusiasts

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For those of you at ABR Houston and our community in The Woodlands, Texas, who are passionate about cars, especially the thrill of driving a BMW with a manual transmission, we have some important news to share. #savethemanuals

Frank Weber, a board member at BMW, has announced in an interview that BMW will eventually stop making cars with manual transmissions.

This decision is due to two main reasons: the cost of developing these cars and the fact that more people prefer automatic transmissions. Weber’s advice to those who love stick shifts is straightforward: “If you want a manual M, you need to buy it now.” This means that the opportunity to own a new BMW with a manual transmission is becoming rare.

Interestingly, despite the overall preference for automatics, there has been a notable demand for manual transmissions in some BMW models like the M2, where more than half of the sales in 2023 were manual. Currently, the BMW M2, M3, M4, and the Z4 are the models available with a manual transmission in the U.S.

This move away from manual transmissions marks a significant change in the automotive industry, reflecting changing preferences and the evolution of technology. However, it also underscores the special place that manual transmissions hold in the hearts of car enthusiasts.

Driving a car with a manual transmission offers a unique and engaging experience, allowing the driver to have more control over the vehicle, although there’s a saying…… fast race cars have automatics. I completely understand the feeling of rowing gears on a car, and its something that can’t be replaced.

At ABR Houston, we’re committed to supporting all car enthusiasts, whether you prefer the hands-on approach of a manual transmission or the convenience of an automatic. We can even do a manual transmission conversion on some of them!

The technology of dual clutch transmissions and now 8 and 10 speed transmissions are coming along at such a clip that they can shift gears faster than any person could dream of with a manual.

This news may be a bit disappointing for manual transmission aficionados, but it also encourages us to appreciate the vehicles we love even more. Whether you own a manual BMW or dream of driving one, the idea of manuals going away from sports cars is a dreary future in my opinion.

As we look forward to the future of automotive innovation, ABR Houston remains your dedicated partner, ready to provide expert care for your vehicle, manual or automatic. If you need help with your European car, we’re here to help! or 832-797-9114

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