It should come as no surprise to rumors that BMW will equip the Z4 M40i with a manual gearbox. The BMW equivalent of Toyota got such an upgrade earlier this year, pairing the coupe’s straight-six engine with a six-speed manual. Now, BMW Blog reports that BMW models could also receive a similar upgrade.
According to publication sources, BMW is now considering giving the Z4 M40i a six-speed manual transmission. BMW offers the four-cylinder Z4 sDrive30i with a six-speed manual in select markets, which Toyota has adapted for use with the BMW-sourced B58 six-cylinder engine. Toyota offers this combination in the US market.
BMW is expected to add a six-speed manual to the Z4 M40i when it updates its model lineup later this year. The coupe will also receive a mild styling refresh, which will start arriving in the US in 2023, and it should include a manual gearbox. The US could be the only Z4 market where BMW has equipped it with a manual gearbox.
The BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra share many of their mechanical parts, with both driving platforms from BMW that use BMW engines and transmissions. They have distinct styling differences, and the two automakers have worked to give each a unique driving feel.
A manual gearbox would be a great addition to the Z4 M40i, especially since there are rumors that BMW could deliver the ax model in mid-2025, with production ending at Magna Steyr in Austria. The factory makes the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra, and it’s clear that the auto industry is turning to only making electric vehicles, so cars like the Z4 can have a limited life. However, BMW can also replace it, but we don’t know what it is.
Manual gearboxes disappeared, as did sports cars, sedans, and other fun-to-drive vehicles. The transition to an electric vehicle will turn off the transmission once and for all, so this might be your last chance for a manual-equipped BMW coupe.