BMW is dropping sequential manual transmissions in favour of dual clutch transmissions, also called direct shift gearbox (DSG) transmissions.

A sequential manual gearbox will not be offered on the facelifted Z4 or the new M Roadster, according to the German publication, Automobilwoche.

The M Roadster will get a six speed manual gearbox instead.

Automobilwoche said that Getrag is developing a dual clutch transmission for BMW and that ZF is working on a similar development for an unnamed German OEM.

Dual clutch gearboxes made by BorgWarner are already widely available across Volkswagen group model lines.