Earlier today, I was messing around on BMW’s configurator, when I discovered something. BMW no longer offers a manual transmission on the 228i (aka “The Best Enthusiast Bimmer You Can Buy” per FP), 328i, and 428i. Yes, that’s right, you can no longer get manual transmission with a 240 hp turbo 4 from the makers of the so-called “Ultimate Driving Machine.” (It is still available with the turbo 6 cylinder for those models.)
Also, the 320i “Jalopnik Edition” still exists, but is now different and more expensive. The manual transmission is still available, but the sport package is gone, replaced by the “Track Handling Package,” which includes M-sport brakes and other stuff. The price increases by well over $1,000. (EDIT: I’m an idiot and somehow totally missed the sport pack. It exist alongside the Track Handling package. Hat tip to Party-vi for the correction.)
There is some good news, though. Sakhir Orange is back as a color for the M4!
That’s about it.
All photos by other people.