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2013 BMW M5 Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 21, 2013

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 2013 model year bears only a single trim level, which is powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. This engine pumps out 560 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque and connects to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. At no cost, however, BMW will install a six-speed manual transmission. With the DCT, the M5 hits 60 mph ion only 4.2 seconds and the six-speed-manual-equipped model hits the same speed in 4.3 seconds.

Since there is only one trim level, BMW offers up a pair of optional packages to spruce up the M6. The first package is the Driver Assistance Package and it adds in Lane Departure Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, side and top-view cameras, and speed-limit info. The last option is the Executive Package, which adds in a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power rear sunshade and manual rear-window sunshades, power trunk lid, active front seats, SiriusXM radio, BMW apps, ventilated front seats, soft-closing front doors, Comfort Access keyless entry, a heads-up display, smartphone pairing, and a quad-zone climate-control system.

The competition in the performance luxury sedan market is limited but very intense. TheM5’s main competition comes from the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which features a 5.5-liter V-8 engine with 518 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque, a seven-speed automated manual transmission and a 5.2-second sprint to 60 mph. Next up is the 2013 Jaguar XFR, which features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 500 horsepower, a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph and an 825-watt, seven speaker audio system, finally, you have the 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan, which includes a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 556 horsepower, a 4.3-second run to 60 mph and a 10-speaker Bose audio system.

With competition hot on its tailpipe, the M5 needs to bring a lot to the tale if it hopes to win over customers.

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