Road and Track contacted an unnamed BMW source which stated the M4 'will not have the GT3ís problem.' BMW showing some swagger? What is going on?
The M3 manual transmission option is actually very popular. For the E90 M3 44% of the cars were ordered with manual. Compared to the M5/M6 (which do have a manual option) this is a huge percentage disparity meaning the M3 is quite popular with manual transmission enthusiasts.
Road and Track quoted BMW's own comment (which BimmerBoost referenced even earlier) from head of M Albert Biermann. "The M3 needs to have a stick shift. It will always have a stick shift." How much more clear does it need to be?
Also, the M3 and M4 have the same drivetrain so if one gets a stick they both get a stick as it is not some huge cost increase to offer it on both just like the M5 and M6.
Road and Track does not mention AutoBlog in their article but it is obvious whom their article was aimed at. AutoBlog has yet to respond, retract, or do much of anything other than bask in the hits from their contrived rumor. It seems reposting press releases is more up their alley than actual automotive journalism.