2013 BMW M5

MSRP $89,900

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.7

Overall Rating

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2013 BMW M5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW M5 is the performance-oriented variant of the 5 Series executive sedan. The 2013 M5 introduces the all-new 5th generation, the car being redesigned and redeveloped from the ground up. But one thing to be noted is that the 5th generation M5 is based on the 6th generation 5-Series executive sedan in the same timeline; the reason being that the M5 was introduced a generation later.

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Pros

Powerful V8 engine under the hood

Impressive performance prowess, even for its class

Dynamic handling

Available manual transmission

Cons

Subpar fuel efficiency figures

Hard-to-use performance settings

Lacks fruitiness of the naturally aspirated V10

What's New?

All-new for the 2013 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$89900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

engine type

transmission

6 speed Maunal

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.1 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$89,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 BMW M5 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


With a premium starting price of $90,200, the new BMW M5 is available in a single trim level, after all, it is their high-performance flagship variant of the 5-Series executive sedan. One of the benchmarks in the high-performance executive sedans in the market, the M5 competes with the likes of Mercedes-Benz AMG E63, Cadillac CTS-V, Jaguar XF-R S, and other similar high-performance executive sedans in the market.


6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 BMW M5 Features

As mentioned earlier, the BMW M5 is a special high-performance variant of the regular 5-Series executive sedan, and it is their flagship offering in the lineup. While the regular 5-Series is available in a few different trim levels to choose from, the high-performance M5 is available only in a single flagship trim level. 

Since it is a performance-oriented vehicle, a lot of focus has been given to the performance aspect of the car with features like adaptive suspension dampers, performance tires, and optional carbon-ceramic brakes. However, for those who prefer a higher feature load, the Driver Assistance and Executive Package at additional costs are worth each dollar spent. 

Trim

BMW M5

MSRP

$90,200

Key features

19-inch alloy wheels with performance tires

 

Adaptive xenon headlamps

 

Adaptive suspension dampers

 

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

16-way power sport front seats

 

Heated front seats with memory settings

 

iDrive electronics interface and 12-speaker surround-sound system

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Since the BMW M5 is available in a single trim level, there is nothing much to think about. But you do have to think about those optional packages and standalone features. Among the couple optional packages, the Driver Assistance Package is highly recommended. For an extra $1,900 you get a few active driver-assistance features like a night vision camera system with pedestrian detection which makes driving the car a whole lot safer in traffic.

2013 BMW M5 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The new BMW M5 gets a newly developed, high-revving V8 engine under the hood with M TwinPower Turbo which consists of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo technology, a cross-bank exhaust manifold, High Precision Injection fuel direct injection, and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control. With all these technologies in place, the M5 is good for 560 HP and 500 lb-ft of torque, which makes it one of the most powerful cars in its class. 

The new engine is paired with a newly developed 7-speed double-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels via a rear-wheel drive drivetrain. And good news for the BMW fans of North America is that the BMW M5 here also gets the option of a 6-speed manual transmission on top of the standard 7-speed M DCT gearbox.

Models

2013 BMW M5

2013 Mercedes-AMG E63 

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

2013 Jaguar XF-R S

MSRP

$90,200

$89,800

$63,215

$99,000

Engine 

4.4L turbo V8

5.5L turbo V8

6.2L Supercharged V8

5.0L supercharged V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automated manual

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

8-speed automatic

Power 

560 HP @ 6000 rpm

518 HP @ 5250 rpm

556 HP @ 6100 rpm

550 HP @ 6500 rpm

Torque

500 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

551 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

502 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.6

3.8

3.9

4.4

Quarter mile (sec)

11.9

12.0

12.3

NA

Top Speed (MPH)

155 

155 

155 

186

According to BMW, the new M5 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, but the car has been found out to be much quicker than that. With a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.6 seconds and finishing the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds, the M5 is one of the fastest cars in its segment. It has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. But without the limiter, it can easily reach 190 mph, which is supercar territory. While both the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-AMG E-63 have similar timings, the Jaguar XF-R S is slower than all competitors taking 4.4 seconds but gains ascendancy in the top-speed aspect.

2013 BMW M5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The new engine in the new M5 has an increased horsepower output of around 10%, and maximum torque is up by more than 30%. But it consumes roughly 30% less fuel and has a substantially higher range than its predecessor. Despite these facts, the new M5 has relatively lower fuel economy figures of 14, 20, and 16 mpg respectively in the city, highway, and combined driving cycles respectively.

Models

2013 BMW M5

2013 Mercedes-AMG E63 

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

2013 Jaguar XF-R S

MPG (City)

15

16

14

15

MPG (Highway)

22

24

19

23

MPG (Combined)

17

19

16

18

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.1

21.1

18

18.4

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

316.5/464.2

337.6/506.4

252/342

276/423.2

The fuel-economy figures of the BMW M5 make it one of the least economical cars in its class. Despite having one of the largest fuel tank capacities of 21.1 gallons, its maximum range is pretty low compared to all the other cars in the competition. The case is not as bad as the Cadillac that fares even poorer in terms of fuel efficiency. The Mercedes-AMG is the most efficient option averaging 19 MPG and also manages the highest range of 506.4 miles on the highway.

2013 BMW M5 Interior

7.0/10

The new interior design of the new M5 is a significant improvement from the model it replaces. Although the build quality has always been great, the luxury quotient of the new interior has been significantly improved thanks to the expansive use of buttery smooth leather and high-grade aluminum. The new design might look much more modern and executive than the previous model, but it still maintains the dual performance/luxury aspect BMWs are known for.

At the front, you get supportive sport front seats with 16-way power adjustability, heating functionality, and memory settings as well. At the back, you get standard split-folding rear seats. Opting for the Driver Assistance package will get you ventilated front seats with massaging functionality, along with a heated steering wheel for added comfort. The rear seat also gets heating functionality with this package.

Models

2013 BMW M5

2013 Mercedes-AMG E63 

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

2013 Jaguar XF-R S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (in)

40.5/58.3/41.4

37.9/57.8/41.3

38.8/56.73/42.44

37.1/56.9/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (in)

38.3/56.2/36.1

38.2/56.9/35.8

37.2/54.72/36.06

37.6/56.4/36.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.0

15.9

13.6

17.7

In terms of interior dimensions, the BMW M5 is pretty decent and is in a very similar ballpark to most of its competitors. But with a trunk space of 14.0 cu-ft, it also is one of the least favorable to carry luggage. Despite this, the interior and the craftsmanship inside do make a very good impression for the people who’re gonna enjoy driving the M5 on long highways. While Jaguar leads in terms of cargo capacity with a trunk volume of 17.7 cubic feet, the Cadillac fares the worst. This interior of the 2013 BMW M5 is further highlighted by:

  • Customized M sports seats with heating, 16-way power-adjustability, and driver-side memory settings
  • Merino extended leather upholstery
  • Exclusive Aluminum Trace interior trim strips
  • Sunroof
  • BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2013 BMW M5’s infotainment unit?

As for the infotainment system, the 2013 M5 comes with BMW’s popular iDrive electronics interface, which might not be the most intuitive to use, but it does come with a lot of quirks and features. It comes with a centrally positioned 10.2-inch Control Display, which like the controls in the central section of the instrument panel, is slightly oriented towards the driver. 

Other features include a six-CD changer, a 12-speaker surround-sound system with AUX and USB connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio, an inbuilt navigation system with voice commands as well. The optional Executive package adds a head-up display, satellite radio, and smartphone app integration. You can also upgrade the music system to a more premium 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system. Some of the standout infotainment features include:

  • 10.2-inch Control Display
  • 12-speaker surround-sound system 
  • AUX and USB connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Head-up display
  • Satellite radio

2013 BMW M5 Exterior

6.0/10

The new 5th gen BMW M5 gets a completely redesigned exterior, which looks cleaner and more mature than ever before. The new design might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does have a stronger road presence from the one it replaces. And to make it stand out from the regular 5-Series executive sedan, it comes with M-specific design features. 

The contour lines of the hood converge in a V to the brand’s hallmark double-kidney grille. The wide-spread arrangement of the customary M black slats, like the three air intakes in the lower section of the front apron, emphasizes the engine cooling capacity behind the grille. Also, the standard Adaptive Xenon headlights of the new M5 generate daytime running lights with visually unique LED light rings.

Models

2013 BMW M5

2013 Mercedes-AMG E63 

2013 Cadillac CTS-V

2013 Jaguar XF-R S

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4387

4048

4220

4134

Length (in.)

193.5

192.4

191.3

195.3

Width (in.)

74.4

73.7

72.5

73.9

Height (in.)

57.3

56.8

57.3

57.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.6

4.8

NA

5..5

Wheelbase (in.)

116.7

113.2

113.4

113.4

In terms of exterior dimensions, the 2013 BMW M5 and its competitors are more or less in a similar ballpark. But the BMW is on the heavier side of the spectrum, if not the heaviest in its class, which explains its sure-footed handling but also lends to the poorer economy figures. That said, some of the standout exterior features are:

  • Hallmark double-kidney design for the front grille
  • The diffuser integrated into the lower edge of the rear fascia
  • A signature twin-pipe exhaust system
  • Subtle Gurney-style rear spoiler

2013 BMW M5 Safety

7.0/10

BMW kept safety in mind while designing the body of the new M5. It has an incredibly durable load-bearing structure and large precisely defined deformation zones keep the forces released in a collision away from the extremely stiff passenger compartment. Generic passive safety features include front and side airbags, side curtain head airbags for both rows of seats, three-point inertial reel seat belts on all seats, front belt force limiters, seat belt tensioners, and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear all as standard equipment. ABS, along with stability and traction control also comes as standard.

Opting for the Driver Assistance package will get you a few driver-assistance features like a blind-spot monitoring system, lane-departure warning system, along with side and top-view cameras as well. A night vision camera system with pedestrian detection is also available as a standalone option. Some of the standout safety features on the car include:

  • Lane-departure warning system
  • Blind-spot monitor 
  • Night-vision
  • Side and top-view cameras 
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive xenon headlamps
  • Auto-dimming mirrors

2013 BMW M5 Final Verdict

The BMW M5 is among the very few cars that can provide you with an incomparable adrenaline rush when you push it, and can also indulge you in incomparable luxury when you just want to relax while driving the car. With a crazy turbocharged V8 under the hood, along with luxury features like heated and ventilated seats with massaging functionality, it does not take long enough to understand why the M5 is one of the benchmarks among the high-performance executive sedans in the market. If you don’t mind it's below-average fuel economy figures, then the 2013 BMW M5 is actually a pretty good choice in its segment in every other way.