2013 BMW M5 Automatic V8 Sedan RWD 

  • $90k
  • 4.4L V8
  • 14 city 20 hwy
6.7 Out of 10
What's puzzling is that the roar of the engine and exhaust, and the defined turbocharger whistle, are greatly pleasing with the windows down.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
In contrast, the 5 Series sedan's architectural limitations make the spacious Gran Turismo variant an enticing proposition for anyone who needs a 5 Series with SUV-like cargo space.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the BMW 5 Series


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Reviews Word on the street for the BMW 5 Series

The six-speed manual is a no-cost option that all but manual transmission purists can skip.

With your choice of a turbocharged-4, a turbo inline-6 or a pair of twin-turbo V8s, you can truly tailor a BMW 5 Series to your specific performance requirements and, of course, budget.


8.5 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


But the V10 is gone, forever, and this is the new reality because BMW has bet the farm on turbocharged motors.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)
In automatic mode, the three settings make the transmission shift schedule sportier, holding gears longer, speeding up the gearchanges, and engaging the clutch harder.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2011)
Everyone else should check out the seven-speed, dual-clutch, automated manual transmission.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)


The motor seems to have available torque all over the place and will climb to redline so fast you better have your trigger finger on the paddle shifter.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)
The braking performance is phenomenal bringing this flying super sedan to reasonable speeds or to a complete stop in seconds.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)
These M brakes are monumental in stature as well with blazing blue powder-coating covering the six-piston fronts and single floating rear clampers biting down on cross-drilled 400 mm and 396 mm respectively.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)


The 4941-cc S62 V-8 produced 394 horsepower while drivers enjoyed the luxury of high-tech (for the times) amenities such as ABS and navigation.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2011)
Despite its "base" designation, the 2.0-liter four is one of the finest engines ever fitted to an entry-level vehicle.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
The analogue dials are a welcome simplicity, they are surrounded by engine lights that may pop up and of course customized warming lights for everything from seatbelts, to engine oil levels to our personal favourite - the checkered flag of the launch control.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)


In sedan or 5-door body style, every 2013 BMW 5 Series includes 10-way power front seats, an 8-speed automatic transmission, run-flat tires, xenon headlights that produce up to three times the light of conventional halogen systems and BMW's iDrive infotainment system paired to a 10-speaker audio system.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)
Sorry manual fans but the dual clutch technology has arrived to embarrass even the best of shifters out there – yours truly included.
by AutoBlog Canada (Feb, 2013)
The M5's manual transmission has better gas mileage ratings — 15/22 mpg city/highway compared with 14/20 mpg for the automatic — though gas mileage is rarely a priority among buyers of these pumped-up super-sedans.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)


Adding a manual transmission may seem like it would make the M5 the holy grail of super-sedan driving fun, but it's far off the mark.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
On paper, the E60 looked fabulous, but the cold ergonomics and lumpy SMG automated manual transmission ruined it for many.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2011)
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers a comparable level of standard equipment, but commands a $3,000 premium over the 5 Series.
by KBB (Oct, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 295 miles
Highway range 422 miles
MSRP $90k
Annual cost $21,404

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 4.4L
Air compressor Turbocharger
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V8
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 12 speakers
Wattage 500 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer Yes
Auxiliary input No
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer Standard
Satellite radio Optional
Entertainment system Optional, $2,200


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Standard
Navigation system N/A, 12 GB
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 5
EPA GHG score 4
Carbon monoxide/mile 1 g
Combined CO2/mile 517 g
NMOG/mile 0.03 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.04 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 78 tons

power & handling

Max torque 500 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM
Max HP 560 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 7.83 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39.2 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 15.71 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 15.59 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 265 mm
Front wheel diameter 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 40

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera Standard
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 74.4 in
Front track width 64.1 in
Height 57.3 in
Ground clearance 4.6 in
Length 193.5 in
Wheelbase 116.7 in
Curb weight 4,387 lb
GVWR 5,313 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 57 ft³
Rear seat room 45 ft³
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