Though the first M5 debuted back in 1979, the U.S. didn’t get its hands on the M5 until the 1988 model year. While this classic sports sedan didn’t look the part of a powerhouse, its 256 horsepower was plenty to put most others in its class to shame. Of course, that 256 horsepower pales in comparison to the 2013 M5, thanks to significant advancements in turbocharging and engine management technology.
The 2013 model year brings about an all-new body style for the M5 after its two-year lapse in the marketplace. Though it retains the staple kidney grille, this redesign brings a flatter look to the front fascia that helps cool the V-8 monster hiding under the hood. Front to back, BMW made minor adjustments to the M5 to turn it into a sleeker and sexier four-door sports car.
The Base trim level is all that there is for the 2013 BMW M5, but it oozes luxury, thanks to its array of high-end features. On the outside, the 2013 BMW M5 includes variable-speed-sensitive steering so the steering is tight and precise when you need it to be, an M Compound four-wheel disc brake system for a short stopping distance, xenon adaptive headlights for optimal nighttime driving, and 19-inch Star Spoke wheels for a little extra flair. Inside the M5’s cabin, you get 18-way power multi-contour seats for improved comfort, extended Merino leather upholstery for a luxurious look and feel, automatic climate control to keep the cabin the perfect temperature, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with 12 speakers, a six-disc CD changer, iPod and USB connectors and auxiliary input.
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Super fast, Mercedes premium features and decent mpg, but not outwardly sporty looking like the M5
Tons of luxury and massive audio system, but lacks total horsepower, slow to 60 mph and XFR-S in 2014
Super powerful, aggressive styling and plenty of luxury, but sub par radio and pretty bulky
Standard AWD, awesome mpg and plenty of features, but lacks style and a little slow to 60 mph