Originally Posted by Rockette
If there's no DCT, I don't think I'll go with the manual regardless of how good the automatic may be. A little knock in fuel economy should be worth it if the shifter/clutch is good!
I read in the dealer guide that the Manual Transmission is the same as the one in the new M3/4. So guessing it should be very good: http://www.2addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=932851
That said I have the ZF8 with the "Sport Auto" option in my current 335i. The shifts are blisteringly fast and I think it'd be really hard to tell a difference between the new ZF8 and the DCT.