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The 2013 BMW M5 Sedan is a high-performance sports car whose exceptional
dynamic potential is geared squarely towards the demands of track use while - at
the same time - sets a new benchmark in daily driving with its touring comfort
and innovative equipment features. It also sets the pace in its class in terms
In order to achieve these lofty performance goals, the 2013 BMW M5 introduces
the most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH
mated to a new high-torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch (M-DCT). An innovative Active
M Differential which optimizes power transfer to the rear wheels combined with
extensive chassis upgrades developed on the history of extensive racing
expertise ensure that the engines performance can be transferred to the ground.
Under the hood of the 2013 BMW M5 lies a newly developed, high-revving V8 engine
with M TwinPower Turbo (consisting of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, a
cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Injection fuel direct injection and
VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control), maximum output of 560 hp (US
preliminary figure) at 6,000 - 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 500 lb-ft (680 Nm)
between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. The instant power delivery and sustained thrust
that M cars have built their reputation results in an acceleration of 0- 60 mph
in 4.2 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 13.0 seconds. While the engines
output has increased by around 10% and maximum torque is up by more than 30%,
the new BMW M5 consumes roughly 30% less fuel and has substantially higher range
than its predecessor.
The significantly improved balance between the performance-focused M experience
and the car's fuel consumption originates from the efficiency of the new V8
engine and from leading edge BMW EfficientDynamics technology including the Auto
Start-Stop function in conjunction with the standard seven-speed M Double Clutch
Transmission with Drivelogic.
In order to channel the engine's impressive power into inspiring performance
characteristics, the new BMW M5 boasts chassis technology - including
electronically controlled dampers, M-specific Servotronic steering, a stability
control system with M Dynamic Mode and high-performance compound brakes -
developed from racing expertise and tuned to the output profile of the engine.
In turn, the aerodynamics of the new M5 have been tuned to optimize the supply
of cooling air to the engine and drivetrain, maximize high speed stability and
enhance the dynamic design typical of BMW M cars.
Ultimately, all systems have been refined in extensive and detailed testing on
the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring. This ensures unbeatable
longitudinal and lateral acceleration, handling characteristics and braking
performance on the circuit or the commute to work.
The interior design of the 2013 BMW M5 is a reflection of the dual
performance/luxury nature of the car. Sports seats, an M leather steering wheel,
and an M-specific instrument cluster and center console lends the cockpit a
classical sports car feeling. For the first time, two M Drive buttons are fitted
as standard for the driver to command the ideal car set-up for various driving
conditions to their own individual preferences. "Efficient", "Sport" and "Sport
Plus" modes are available.
Top-quality materials, generous levels of space and the extensive range of
standard equipment generate the premium, modern ambience of luxury. In addition,
customers can give their car the personal touch since virtually the full range
of options for the BMW 5 Series Sedan are also available for the M5, including a
host of BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services and driver assistance systems.
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