BMW M3 To Show Off Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Written by tonks on September 18, 2007

BMW M3 SedanBMW’s new M3 model is arriving soon and the great automakers have decided to use it to show off some of the new features that they have come up with. The most common feature being their new dual-clutch gearbox. The new gearbox dubbed ‘M DCT’ has seven forward gears, with an option of six manual transmissions.

Co-developed with Getrag, the new gearbox will feature a shift lever like the one seen in the new X5 as well as the paddle shifters, and should offer faster and smoother acceleration than the conventional six-speed or the outgoing SMG. Also on the way is a M3 Cabrio version, which is important for the American market where BMW sells a significant amount of M3s.

The M3 Cabrio presents a serious engineering challenge for the M-division, who must make hide the 285kg of extra weight over its coupe sibling as well as possible. Track testing for the M3 Cabrio has increased in recent months, but the camouflage still remains…for now. Down the track we can also expect to see a M3 CSL, just as BMW made with the previous generation E46 model. This track bred racing machine should make its debut towards the beginning of 2009.

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