2013 BMW M5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2013 BMW M5 - Road Test Specs

2013 BMW M5 Sedan

(4.4L V8 Twin-turbo 7-speed Automated Manual)


Year Make Model2013 BMW M5 4dr Sedan (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 6M)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 5-passenger sedan
Base MSRP$91,795
Options on test vehicleAlpine White, Executive Package ($5,500 -- includes heated steering wheel, power tailgate, comfort access keyless entry, soft-close automatic doors, power rear sunshade with rear manual side window shades, front ventilated seats, active front seats; heated rear seats, four-zone automatic climate control, head-up display, satellite radio with 1-year subscription, BMW Apps); Bang & Olufsen Sound System ($3,700 -- includes high-end sound system featuring Acoustic Lens Technology (ALT) and Dirac Dimensions technology); Silverstone II Full Merino Leather ($3,500); Driver Assistance Package ($1,900 -- includes lane departure warning system, active blind spot detection, side- and top-view cameras; speed limit info); 20-Inch M Light Alloy Wheels ($1,300 -- includes 20-by-9-inch front and 20-by-10-inch rear alloy wheels with 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires); Manual Transmission ($0).
As-tested MSRP$107,695
Assembly locationDingolfing, Germany


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTwin-turbocharged, direct-injected V8, gasoline with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)4,395/268
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,200
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)560 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)500 @ 1,500-5,750
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.06; II = 2.40; III = 1.58; IV = 1.19; V = 1.00; VI = 0.87; R = 3.68
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.15
Differential(s)Electronically controlled multiplate clutch, limited-slip


Suspension, frontIndependent double-wishbones, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable three-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)13.1
Tire make and modelMichelin Pilot Super Sport
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, high-performance
Tire size, front265/35ZR20 (99Y)
Tire size, rear295/30ZR20 (101Y)
Wheel size, front20-by-9 inches
Wheel size, rear20-by-10 inches
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front15.7-inch two-piece ventilated and cross-drilled discs with six-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear15.6-inch two-piece ventilated and cross-drilled discs with two-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)2.9
0-60 mph (sec.)4.5
0-75 mph (sec.)6.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.5 @ 115.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.3
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.8
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)13.8 @ 110.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.6
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)111
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON67.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.93
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.92
Sound level @ idle (dB)49.0
@ Full throttle (dB)82.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,300

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsA little tricky to launch. Either gets lots of wheelspin right off the line, or no wheelspin initially followed by lots of spin shortly thereafter, requiring a bit of backpedaling through 1st gear. Nice power, if an odd V8 engine note. Shifter has kinda long and rather notchy throws but well-defined gates.
Braking commentsVery firm pedal, short travel. Car barely dips the nose at all and stops are incredibly stable. Still, how embarassing that the VW Up! stops shorter. First stop was shortest at 111 feet. Fourth stop (out of seven) was longest at 117 feet. Erratic distances.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Even with the suspension set to its stiffest at Sport Plus, the M5 rolls over mightily on the outside front tire. Dialing back throttle lessens the understeer, but certainly doesn't eliminate it. Overall, grip is pretty good though, definitely better than the old car. Slalom: The M5 is too soft, even in the Sport Plus suspension setting. Surprisingly, the hydraulic steering felt best in Comfort mode -- Sport and Sport Plus feel heavy for the sake of being heavy, but don't give any increased feel or quickness. The chassis gives decent feedback and the M5 is very forgiving at the limit, but the overall sensation is one of massive weight transfer. This is definitely not a car that drives small, and no one will call it nimble.

Testing Conditions

Test date9/5/2012
Elevation (ft.)86.4
Temperature (°F)16.5
Relative humidity (%)28.72
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)0.44, Head/crosswind
Wind (mph, direction)2,830
Odometer (mi.)91-octane gasoline
Fuel used for test35/35
As-tested ballasted trailer weight (lbs.)15 city/22 highway/17 combined

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)13.3 worst/19.1 best/15.1 average (1,133 miles)
Edmunds observed (mpg)21.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)464.2
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)Bang & Olufsen AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3/Satellite radio 1,100-watt sound system with 12 speakers

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionStandard iPod via USB port and Aux-in jack
iPod/digital media compatibilityOptional SiriusXM
Satellite radioStandard 20.5GB music storage capacity
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Optional
Rear seat video and entertainmentStandard
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard with real-time traffic information
Navigation systemStandard
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Optional ignition, doors, trunk/hatch
Smart entry/StartStandard parking sonar front and rear, back-up camera; optional side and top-view cameras
Parking aidsOptional
Adaptive cruise controlOptional departure warning
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Driver coaching display4,343

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,389
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)52/48
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)193.5
Length (in.)74.4
Width (in.)57.3
Height (in.)116.7
Wheelbase (in.)64.1
Track, front (in.)62.3
Track, rear (in.)41.3
Turning circle (ft.)41.4
Legroom, front (in.)36.1
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)40.5
Headroom, front (in.)38.3
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)58.3
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)5
Seating capacity15
Step-in height, measured (in.)14.0
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)26.5
Bed dimensions, L x W x H (in.)5,313
GCWR (lbs.)970
Towable by motorhome4.6
Operation lockout4 years/50,000 miles


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain12 years/Unlimited miles
Corrosion4 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/50,000 miles

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