In Reply to: Teensy bit of SMG info from BMWNA posted by Randy G on July 26, 2000 at 13:50:30:
I'm with BMW of North America, Inc. and read your inquiry about the SMG transmission and the M3 in the United States.
The first generation was thought to be not well suited to the market in the US. Thus, we opted for a "normal" 5 speed automatic instead. We are, however, attuned to customer feedback. We appreciate that you've shared your thoughts with us and are reviewing several options for future generations of the M3.
Note the bit about "first generation" SMG. That implies that second-generation SMG might indeed be made available in the US -- someday. If you care about this, I think it's worth the two minutes to send them some email. They probably get less feedback on this sort of thing than you might think--your input can make a difference.
I don't remember exactly what I said in my original message to them, but it was something like "I hate automatics, I really want SMG, why won't you let us have it in the US?"
I am so torqued up over this option that I would abandon my quest for a 911 C4 next year for the E46 M3
I just sent this in...
Regarding the rumors of SMG in the U.S. E46 M3...
This is an absolute DREAM come true for me personally as I am a HUGE fan of the BTCC and ASTC racing series and have dreamt of the day I could pilot a "street" automobile with a true, sequential gear box.
What is the status of this most welcome addition to the U.S. market? Please, please, don't underestimate the skill of U.S. drivers based
on the fact that every other moron in an SUV can barely make a lane change.
We want it. We are ready. Build it, and we will buy.