If 7DCT is standard and 6MT is free cost option, I'll be disapointed, because it will mean they did make the MT good enough. Porsche is the only EU brand that offers good MT, japanese makers are the best at it, S2000, MX-5, BRZ, are some of the best manual transmissions on the market. I hope the MT will be good, like in 1M, and have short-shifter kit standard.
Originally Posted by mapezzul
Remember the N55 is near end of life. It is not the newest generation engine family AND M introduced the 63t√ľ before AG did. M5/M6 before 7 LCI. The M3 will feature an engine we have not seen yet based on the cylinder scalable architecture- same family as in the i8. What you are hearing will in base form will be in BMWs sooner than later.
The N54 is really close to the end, 7 Series F01/F02 LCI is coming where the N54 will be replaced by the N55, 1 Series M E82 will stop production and we'll have the M135i F20/F21 with N55, and the Z4 E89 is also soon getting facelift, and the Z4 sDrive35is will be replaced by the Z4 M35i also powered by the N55. So the N55 is not that close to its end unlike the N54. But we may see the new N56 have its premiere in the 435i F32 that we'll see at Geneva 2013.