Some drivers actually appear to hate BMW’s handbook transmissions, and I will by no means perceive why. To me, “rubbery” is not a lot a demerit as an indicator attribute — a BMW’s stick feels a sure manner, and it has been that manner all through historical past. I really like how inflexible it may be, and the way pronounced the notches are throughout the shift gate. The clutch is completely weighted, too, with a transparent take-up level. Severely, you guys, it is nice.
The identical drivers who hate this gearbox even have a number of damaging issues to say concerning the handbook’s automated rev-matching know-how. This is not a function distinctive to BMW, after all — Honda, Nissan, Porsche, and others have this, too — and it not solely makes it simpler to drive a stick-shift in visitors, it is genuinely higher for efficiency. The automobile will mechanically blip the throttle to clean out downshifts with out requiring a heel-and-toe motion from the motive force. Meaning you’ll be able to maintain your foot on the brake whereas coming into a decent nook and simply use the clutch and shifter to easily drop a gear. In addition to, crotchety outdated manly males, you’ll be able to flip this tech off if you wish to.