BMW Adds Manual Transmission Option for 2025 Z4 M40i

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

It’s increasingly difficult to find cars with manual transmissions in the U.S., but occasionally automakers surprise us. My Toyota GR Corolla is a great example of an unexpected treat, but BMW recently announced a much quicker, open-top manual. The 2025 Z4 M40i is getting a manual option for the first time as part of an options package with other performance goodies.

The Z4 M40i “Handschalter” (“hand shift” in German) gets a six-speed manual paired with its 382-horsepower turbocharged inline-six. That output gives the two-seater a 4.2-second 0-60 mph time, and BMW includes several other performance parts in the options package.

M light-alloy wheels are included, with 19-inch rollers in front and 20-inch wheels in the back. The car also gets variable sport steering, M Sport. Brakes, and an M Sport differential. Adaptive suspension comes with all M40i variants, regardless of the transmission. That said, the manual variant gets unique chassis tuning and revised suspension for better handling.

Opting for the manual package also opens the door to exclusive interior leather colors, including cognac/black and black Alcantara. The Frozen Deep Green Metallic paint color is also only available for cars equipped with the package, but it’ll cost an extra $2,950 to get the hue.

We don’t have full pricing details for the new Z4 yet, but the manual package costs $3,500. The 2024 M40i starts at $66,300.

[Image: BMW]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Jan 31, 2024

    Manual transmissions have apparently gone from 0.9% of new market sales in 2021 to 1.7% in 2023. Although losing the Challenger and Camaro will put some pressure on things.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Feb 01, 2024

    I don't usually go to see horror movies, because a) I have enough problems in my life already and b) I know how they end.

    Now, where were we? Oh -- a BMW convertible. 😉

  • VoGhost VoGhost on Feb 01, 2024

    Oh, this is great news.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Feb 01, 2024

    BMW. Manual. Automatic click.

    For those that have stayed on top of the Supra/Z4 tech specs, is the manual transmission a Toyota, Aisin, BMW or ZF unit? Are they using the same MT as the Supra?

    Most importantly, now that BMW is offering a manual with this engine, has there been ANY news that this combination can be special ordered for the 2, 3 or 4 series cars? Any plans to offer a unique trim package without the need to special order the MT+Inline 6 in any of their other cars?

    • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Feb 02, 2024

      It's a ZF gearbox who's application is firstly unique to the Supra but has migrated over to the Z4 as you surmise. As to proliferating it throughout the lineup? Sure it's possible but not probable given BMW's product planning direction to nowhere fast.