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Get Ready for the 2013 BMW M5

BMW just announced on April, 4 the pricing for the heavily anticipated BMW M5 and BMW M6 during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2012 BMW M6 Convertible will be the first of the three new M models to arrive in US BMW Center showrooms. The M6 Convertible arrives this June and will be priced at $113,995 (including $895 Destination and Handling).

Meanwhile, the 2013 BMW M5 and 2013 BMW M6 Coupe will arrive in late summer and will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices of $90,695 and $106,995 respectively (including destination and handling). The company also announced the pricing for a refreshed BMW X6 M that arrives in BMW Centers in May. The 2013 BMW X6 M will sell for $93,795 (including destination and handling).

The M5 and M6 models are all powered by the most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH – a high revving 560 hp M TwinPower Turbo V-8 mated to a high torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch transmission (M-DCT). It is all connected to an innovative Active M Differential which optimizes power transfer between the rear wheels ensuring the engine’s performance is transferred to the ground. The new engine produces around 10% higher output than the V10 engine of its predecessors and torque is up by over 30%. At the same time, real world fuel consumption and CO2 are expected to be reduced by approximately 30%.

MotorTrend Magazine gave the 2013 BMW M5 a detailed, and raving, review last month. Here are some of the highlights.

Unlike the previous M5 models, the newer model is easier to drive on a daily basis, as opposed to, being just a fun sports car to drive. MotorTrend stated that “the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 launches the big car like a cannonball,” and that “the newer car runs to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and gets through the quarter in 11.9 seconds at 120.3 mph.”

Around MotorTrend’s course it also found that the BMW gets from 0 to 100 mph in 8.4 seconds, while it takes the Porsche Panamera 8.8 seconds. It’s also said that the M5 had a unsedan-like 24.9 seconds at an average of 0.81 g.

When compared to the previous model, the M5 is definitely superior. “The SMG transmission is gone, replaced by a modern twin-clutch seven-speed semi-automatic transmission. The suspension has a greater range of adjustments from the previous car’s, and even the steering assist is surprisingly variable. With all knobs and switches set in Economy or Comfort mode, the M5 is similar in mannerisms to a 528. The freeway ride is comfortable; the steering is light by BMW standards; and the transmission jumps to the highest possible fuel-saving gear as quickly as it can.”

When taken off the course it was discovered that it’s “completely livable around town and on the highway,” and has a surprising amount of amenities for a sporting car. For example, there are two monitors hanging off the back of each front seat. The doors also have a self-closing feature like more luxurious cars in this price range. Also, there’s no need to slam the door, because if you do, the car gently pops it back out and reseats.

Overall, it’s being said that from “driver feedback to all-out performance, this is probably the best M5 ever.”

Still on the fence about the 2013 M5, here are the specs from Car and Driver and some pics as well.

Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine Type: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 268 cu in, 4395 cc

Power: 560 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 502 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

Dimensions:
Wheelbase: 116.7 in
Length: 193.3 in
Width: 74.4 in Height: 57.3 in
Curb weight: 4300 lb

C/D Test Results:
Zero to 60 mph: 3.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.3 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 18.3 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 1.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.4 sec
¼-mile: 12.0 sec @ 122 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155–190 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft

Fuel Economy:
EPA fuel economy, city driving: 17/22 mpg

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