Cars with three pedals are simply more fun, so let’s look inside the BMW M3 & M4 manual transmission. The latest upload from BMW M is their 10th in a series that takes us behind the scenes. Automatics are great for daily commuting and heavy traffic, but flappy paddles and economy-minded shift logic sucks the excitement out of the experience. Rev-matching can be distracting after a long day, so BMW can do it for you.
A twin-disk clutch offers long life behind the 510-horsepower straight-six, and a dual-mass flywheel stores engine speed while you carve the corners. Perhaps the best feature is how the shifter is braced to the floorpan and the transmission, giving you crisp shifts with minimal effort. If you missed last week’s episode it had a great soundtrack, so tell us your thoughts on stick shifts in the comments below.
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