Originally Posted by FirstClass
1) Have you seen the shift pattern for the 7 speed? It looks like this
2 6 5 R
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4 7 3 1
Have fun shifting that.
I'm somewhat confused by this part of your post. I'm assuming that is the shift pattern for the 7 speed SMG (I heard it was screwy looking, since it was specifically designed to be computer controlled from the start). Why would it be a problem if they used that particular SMG in the M3? For that matter, it wouldn't be too hard to design a 7 speed manual transmission that uses a more normal pattern (though I really don't see this happening.)