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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 β€” which will get a six-speed manual β€” 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]