According to (translated via the German blog Bimmertoday) the next generation M5 will not only be available with DCT but a manual transmission as well. However the manual will be meant for the US market only. Similar to the SMG and manual set-up for the E60, this arrangement is clearly meant for the old-school enthusiasts who buy M5s in the US.

Our take? While we love new technology (and DCT represents the best of that) there is something pure and simple in rowing your own gears. We say kudos to BMW and the US buying public for making the case. It ‘s a great example of the adage we coined last year; vote with your wallets and BMW will listen.

(via BMW Blog)