I had this thought while reading a 1M thread. They have being getting plaques or ignition rings to the effect of '1 of 740', representing the 740 sold in the US.
In various places I have read that approximately 9,000 E60 M5s were sold over the lifespan in the USA and that 6 speed manuals were less than 10% of the total. Where can this be verified? If this is true, and since the 6sp was US only, that would make it very rare indeed!
How many BMW models have sold less than 1,000 units worldwide? (not counting all the silly UK M3 'Edition' models over the years)
The 6 sps are very rare that's why I have one. That and I think auto cars are for women drivers sorry all you SMG lovers out there. That's just how I look at it. Dont kill me i know there are a lot more of you guys then me. I had a F1355 and took it back the same week to get a 6sp and I never looked back.
I also opted for the 6 speed manual because of the joy of driving a manual transmission. If I were to primarily track the car, I would consider an SMG as that's where I see that it really shines.
I did a search on the web and was able to find this site. I'm not sure how accurate the data, but according to this site there were 1,364 E60 M5's sold in North America with a manual transmission. BMW M Registry - FAQ E60 + E61 M5
- Custom wide-bodied rear fenders by TheSHOP
- Custom vented OEM rear bumper by TheSHOP
- Complete Alpine White respray by TheSHOP
- Gloss black roof and side mirror base by TheSHOP
- Radenergie CF GT Lip by WPI
- 1x2 Carbon Fiber fender grills
- Custom Front Lip Splitter by LowProAero
- Custom Side Skirt Diffusers by LowProAero
- Custom Livingood side badges
- Gloss black kidney grills painted by TheSHOP
- Gloss black M5 trunk badge
- Crystal smoked side markers
- Huper Optik 15% tint installed by STM
- 10,000K angel eyes done by Alpine MS
- 6,000K LED License Plate Lighting by Alpine MS
- RWC Whiteout/Blackout Tail Light Mod (1 of 1) by RepublicWraps
- RWC Whiteout/Blackout Head Light Mod by RepublicWraps
- Meisterschaft GT2 section 3 exhaust w/ oval tips by GT Haus
- Meisterschaft section 1 straight pipes (secondary cat delete) by GT Haus
- Meisterschaft section 2 X-pipe by GT Haus
- Macht Schnell pulley installed by EAS
- Charcoal filter delete
- VF Engineering HEX Tune 485rwhp on Dynojet
- 20" Varrstoen ES1 Wheels 10 front and 11 rear ET O all around
- 255/35 and 285/20 Dunlop SP Sportmaxx Tires
- Motorsport Hardware 75mm Aluminum Stud Conversion
- MFest Edition Coilovers manufactured by Apexi
I think I remember reading that, of the 6 speeds, they only made 104 in my color. It took me quite a long time to find a 6 speed.
I almost picked up a SMG, and but I really wanted a 6 speed. The engineer in me believes, in the long run, the 6 speeds will hold more value -- less can go wrong. My left foot and my right hand will NEVER out shift an SMG, but I don't care. If I blow up my transmission with a poor rev-match and poor heel and toe, I have only myself to blame.
After doing some research on the numbers found from bmwmregistry.com, it appears that the numbers are true. Alex Palevsky started the site and has been a writer for Bimmer magazine for 14 years. It does not break it down to the United States, but the manual production numbers for North America are the following: