I missed this earlier, but am sad to find that the new redesign of the 2-Series has dropped the manual transmission. I bought the earlier M235i because I was worried that the straight-six, six-speed classic layout might go away, as it has in the other BMW models, and here we have it. The rumor is that there will be a new M2 that will have a manual option, but it does seem that the time is limited to get a manual transmission.
Aside: We were just shopping for a car for my wife, and she wanted a manual, but none of the cars that met her other criteria were offered in a manual. The closest was a Subaru Crosstrek, but it was only offered in the lower-spec models, and that’s not what she wanted. #savethemanuals