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BMW?s clutchless M3 coupe

The new Double Clutch Gearbox will be as easy to operate in the suburbs as it is on the track.

Shortly to be available in Europe, the roofless German arrives in Australia mid-year, when the new transmission becomes available in both hard and soft top M3s as an alternative to the current six-speed manual. In the previous generation. 

M3, the company’s SMG transmission was overwhelmingly the buyer’s choice.
 
With the success of the Volkswagen Group’s Direct Shift Gearbox in everything from a humble Golf diesel to the specialised version in Audi’s R8, a BMW take has been expected for some time.
 
Specifically designed to handle the high-revving abilities of the M3’s 309kW/400Nm 4.0 litre V8, BMW’s new automated manual is imbued with Drivelogic, which has eleven electronically controlled driving programs in M-specific set-up; five shift programs in the automatic mode, six shift programs in the manual mode including Launch Control for maximum acceleration from a standstill; efficiency-enhancing transmission control in the automatic mode; and sequential gear selection in the manual mode.
 
Unlike the sometimes harsh SMGs of old, the new device promises to be as adept in suburban traffic as full-on racetrack deployment. Like similar set-ups it produces fewer emissions and lower consumption than either a conventional manual or a torque converter automatic.
 
Pricing for Australia has yet to be finalised, but expect a premium of several thousand dollars for cars with the double clutch transmission over the $157,000 M3 manual coupe and as much as $15K more for the convertible  
 

As to the sedan version of the M3, which was previewed on Carsguide a few months ago, BMW Australia has yet to make a decision.