The BMW world has mainly focused on the competition BMW M3 since the unveiling of the new model. For fairly obvious reasons. The new versions of the G80 come in two versions and as one has more horsepower than the other and is officially faster, it is only natural to have it in the spotlight more often. However, BMW is still deeply involved in the enthusiast community, so a manual gearbox is offered in some markets.
We sampled the M3 manual not long ago and were impressed with it. The same could be said of the guys at The Straight Pipes who got their hands on a manual M3 and showed us how Launch Control works. That’s right, the new M3 comes with Launch Control even on the manual version and that’s meant to help you get the most out of the car. Unlike the Competition version, which will eventually feature all-wheel drive, on the base version power goes only to the rear axle, which makes it a bit more spirited.
An important note the guys also make about the manual gearbox is that you can now easily turn off the automatic rev matching through the infotainment screen, without having to turn off DSC. Plus, you can include this setting in your pre-programmed M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel, so you can lose the shift assist at the push of a button.
And, again, the M3’s gearbox is referred to as “rubber,” something we’ve heard on a number of BMW M models equipped with a manual shifter in the past. Apparently people want it to be more precise and the barriers to be tighter. We are sure not everyone agrees There is a lot more information in the video, so you might want to check it out if you are interested in purchasing such a car.