AutoWeek is reporting that BMW will drop its SMG automated manual transmission from the Z4 roadster, and won't offer it on the upcoming M tuner version. The move will make the Z4 M — which will get a six-speed manual — the only of BMW's M models not to come with SMG, the company's electronically controlled sequential gearbox. Left-foot purists will likely shrug at the news, but those who've experienced the SMG's charms on, say, the M3 will likely slip a few choice notes into BMW's suggestion box.
SMG gearbox deleted from BMW Z4 lineup [AutoWeek]
BMW Unveils New Z4 Roadster, M Version [internal]