In 1986 BMW launched its second version of its top-tier luxury liner 7-series with the E32
model. The E32 generation is a subtly styled sedan and BMW
continued to push the 7-series as the luxury car for the ‘sporting’
driver by offering it with a manual transmission in the 6-cylinder
models. Perhaps some bankers wanted their chauffeurs to get a left leg
workout, but we doubt many we ordered with the 5-speed, making one a
rare treat today. Find this 1988 BMW 735i 5-speed offered for Camarillo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.
The E32 7-series will handle like a plus sized version of the BMW 5-series, which was never exactly known for being light on its feet. However, if you think of the big BMWs as a precision version of a classic American muscle car, it suddenly doesn’t seem that bad. All of the controls have a certain amount of heft, but the entire car feels planted, like a muscle car with a stiffened chassis and proper shock damping.
If you want a clutch pedal in a 7-series, you’ll need to make due with the M30B35 inline-6 (208 horsepower and 225 ft-lbs of torque). See another manual transmission sedan for the plus sized family? firstname.lastname@example.org