You had better hurry up if you want a new M140 with a manual! They arent taking orders for manuals after June i believe
Having driven both the Manual and Auto M140’s i can definately vouch for the fact the ZF8 is a bloody good, infact fantastic gearbox! The changes are so quick when using the paddles in manual mode but......it does get frustrating when you try and downshift and it wont let you because the revs may be too high, upsets your rythm on a good blast and spoils it a bit.
The main reason i went for manual is i love the involvement in driving the car, also why i didnt opt for spec like adaptive/pro nav etc. Just want to get in and drive but its all personal preference. For me most of the options arent necessary. I dont need a fully speccd car, just one i will enjoy!
The manual isnt the be all and end all of gearboxes but the shift feel is improved with an MPerf gear stick. I thibk its for me at least, about being involved in the drive and being able to select a gear as and when i want it.
Id definitely suggest trying to drive both before you make your mind up, the ZF8 wont disappoint at all but i feel it lacks the involvement of a good ol’ manual
He didn't tell me that!
Thanks for the feedback, I did get the opportunity to drive an M240i with Performance Exhaust a couple of weekends ago on a BMW Experience day, completely free and did enjoy the Auto having never driven one before but it's the reason I took a trip to the dealership over the weekend to try out a manual, they had none available but they did find me a nice Manual M135i in the perfect spec so there are other options out there if I miss the boat on a manual 140.
I'm going to try a couple of other dealers if I find the time, but like you I'm not to fussed with all the fancy bells and whistles, as long as it has the right engine!
For now I'm going to take my time in finding the right car.