2013 BMW M5 Preview

Jeff Youngs | Jul 02, 2013
  • 4-door sedan body style
  • 560 horsepower
  • EPA-estimated to achieve up to 22 mpg on the highway
  • BMW-estimated 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds with automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Free scheduled maintenance for 4 years/50,000 miles
  • 5-passenger seating


BMW's Nurburgring-tempering M5 sedan has been redesigned for 2013, offering a new turbocharged engine that is more powerful and efficient than its predecessor, new dual-clutch transmission with manual and automatic modes, and updated styling.

Exterior Features

BMW offers the 2013 M5 as a single trim level equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive auto-leveling HID headlights with retracting washers, heated auto-dimming power-adjustable and power-folding outside mirrors, rear spoiler, and a power tilt/slide moonroof.

Interior Features

In addition to being a respected sports car, the 2013 BMW M5 is a well-appointed luxury sedan. Among the model's many high-end features are heated power front seats with memory and 18-way adjustment, leather upholstery and interior accents, Alcantara headliner, dual-zone climate control, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio controls, and intelligent cruise control. The redesigned M5 also boasts push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror, iDrive, navigation system with 10.2-inch screen and real-time traffic information, and a 12-speaker 500-watt surround-sound system equipped with HD Radio service, auxiliary input jack and USB port, and a 6-disc CD changer.

Optional Features

Two factory options are available for the 2013 BMW M5, one of which is a Driver Assistance package comprised of blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning systems, camera-based side- and bird's eye-view displayed on the center dash screen, and a speed limit feature that reads and transmits related information from road signs.

M5 buyers can also consider an Executive package that fits the BMW sedan with 4-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, power trunk lid, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, head-up display, satellite radio service, BMW smartphone apps compatibility, and a power rear sunshade.

Individual options include 20-inch alloy wheels, ceramic brakes, full leather interior, night vision with pedestrian detection, rear entertainment system, and an 1,100-watt surround-sound upgrade.

Under the Hood

BMW equips the 2013 M5 sedan with a direct-injection, 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that delivers 560 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque, all directed to the rear wheels via a standard 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters or an optional 6-speed manual gearbox.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 BMW M5 are:

  • M5 with 6-speed manual transmission: 15/22/17 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • M5 with 7-speed automatic transmission: 14/20/16 mpg


The 2013 BMW M5's standard safety components include 8 air bags, traction control, front active head restraints, adaptive brake lights, front and rear park-assist sensors, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, and 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes featuring brake drying, brake stand-by, dynamic brake control, and brake-fade compensation systems.

As this preview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 BMW M5.


The 2013 M5's aluminum performance-tuned suspension--with normal, sport, and sport plus settings--is enhanced by a dynamic mode that allows drivers to stretch the car's handling boundaries, electronic limited-slip differential, and an M Drive feature that adjusts the throttle, steering, and suspension.
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