Video Review: 2013 BMW M5 Manual – The Purist’s M5

Videos | November 12th, 2012 by 6
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Carlos Lago of Ignition revisits the new 2013 BMW M5 to test out something that was missing from their first test: a manual transmission. Is …

Carlos Lago of Ignition revisits the new 2013 BMW M5 to test out something that was missing from their first test: a manual transmission. Is the 6-speed stick shift better than the standard automatic twin-clutch version?

Just recently we have published our own impressions on the manual transmission, just a year later after we tested the DCT M5.

The 2013 M5 is powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter turbocharged unit that uses the BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology. The engine outputs 560 horsepower from 5,750-7,000 rpm and 680Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque from only 1500rpm. It comes in both manual and 7-speed DCT transmission. The base price of the F10 M5 is $90,695.

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6 responses to “Video Review: 2013 BMW M5 Manual – The Purist’s M5”

  1. empower says:

    you have to be mindful where you are in the rev range. the torque curve is flat from 1500-5000 odd. not all purist drive small two setters some do have families and need something the size off a 5 series. what surprises me that there was so much demand for a stick m5 in the usa. the e60 m5 was a after thought seems bmw put more effort into this one. rumor has it this will be the last manual m5. your guys are lucky its a no cost option

    • auaq says:

      I believe I heard the same thing about this manual transmission option being offered for the last time in this current ///M5. The successor will probably have the DCT only, but who knows!!

  2. asd says:

    Good question, why would purist want a 2 tonne luxury sedan? E60 was the last true M5.

    • wazon says:

      Following your logic, the last m5 was the very first m5, since each next m5 was heavier and heavier – in fact, significantly heavier, when compared with previous generation. And indeed there were exactly the same complains as yours coming along with the appearance of each new m5. I find them really pointless expressions of attitudes of some car enthusiasts who don’t understand the whole point motorization industry evolution and cry for something nobody – except them – is really interested in. Most of m5 customers always expect the combination of performance, comfort and reasonable price tag. Of course, you can make m5 lighter, but you wouldn’t address expectation of its being at reasonable price tag. Moreover, not many people care about its weight, since each new generation is in fact a way better performer than the old one: it’s faster at straight line, generates better skid pad, keeps higher average slalom speed. They just drive it, not sweat over data sheets. Who would care about the weight then, when the suspension is designed in such a way that it successfully hides it?

      • auaq says:

        When the e60 M5 came, everyone said, “no, no ….. the e39 m5 was the last true ///M car, this one is a disastrous.” I believe it is fair to say that when the e39 one came out the people of the e34 m5 said the same thing, “why a v8, should have had kept the special inline-6, why BMW?” This sort of thing goes on and on and on. Same thing can be said about the M3 models.

        We need to adapt ourselves to the newer standards. We can’t really stick back in the past and complain about the present or the future.

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