The E92 BMW 335i Coupe will have its 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission option replaced with the 7-speed BMW M DCT transmission from Getrag, according to an Australian brochure for the E92 last revised on the 30th of June 2008.
Interestingly the M DCT-equipped 335i Coupe will be more fuel economical and less polluting than the 6-speed manual model, with only 9.1 litres per 100km consumed and 217g/km CO2 emissions compared to the manual’s 9.5 litres and 228g/km figures. This is probably due to more efficient transmission of power and more gear ratios to keep the car in the perfect rev range. The M DCT transmission carries a premium of AU$2,447 over the manual model.
This makes the 335i even more appealing as an M3 alternative with a more usable style of power delivery – loads of fat torque across the rev range rather than high revving. However expect the version of the M DCT in the 335i to be sufficiently de-M-ed, it will probably be missing various features like DriveLogic options and etc.