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Might be unlikely... (archive)

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Posted by J.D. on August 02, 2001 at 08:04:22:

In Reply to: FerrariStyle (Paddle) transmission for the M? posted by Shoefly on August 01, 2001 at 14:38:15:

The M3 and M5 use the same 6 speed transmission from what I recall, so the development costs can be shared. The MZ3/Coupe uses 5 spd tranny, which would require more development costs.

I don't know what system BMW bases their SMGs on. Magnetti Marelli and Bosch both have developed sequential systems. FYI, the computer that controls the Ferrari 360 Modena's "F1" transmission is the most complex implementation of an automotive-based computer. F355 which came before the 360 had, at the time, the most complex automotive-based computer.

These are exspensive systems. On a comparatively high production car like the M3, development costs make sense.


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