Originally Posted by mapezzul
Your latter commentary is what BMW has been doing in the US, making the Auto/DCT as standard and "charging" for the manual- The E92 M3 being the counter to that but the M5 make the DCT standard as far as M cars (manual a no cost option) go and it seems like the F80 will follow in its footsteps.
I'm a bit confused. Has BMW been charging for a manual as an option? When I purchased my e90 m3 the manual was a no cost option (with DCT standard), and I'm pretty sure that's the case now for the 3 series, 5 series and M cars (that have a manual).