Pour one out for yet another manual transmission. BMW -- a company that has long offered stick-shift options across many of its model lines -- is officially discontinuing the six-speed manual option in its 3 Series sedan.
"The sport automatic [transmission] is standard on both 330i/xi and M340i/xi models," a BMW spokesperson confirmed to Roadshow in an email. "At this time there are no plans to offer a manual transmission for these models."
This isn't just specific to the US, either. A company spokesperson said this is a "global decision" -- BMW will not offer a manual 3 Series in any market.
Of course, this decision is hardly surprising. Audi the manual transmission option in its US-spec A4 sedan, which with the 3 Series directly competes. Similarly, Mercedes doesn't offer a stick-shift option in its C-Class range.
The current-generation 3 Series sedan can be had with a manual transmission in its 320i, 330i and 340i guises. Even the 4 Series coupe and Gran Coupe, which shares its underpinnings with the 3 Series, is available with a six-speed stick in certain trims.
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