Nuts & Bolts: 2013 BMW M5 sedan

April 5, 2013

Bottom line: This alleged “everyday” car isn’t for everybody. It is for high-performance driving devotees who have the money to buy the best and the time and place to enjoy it. The new M5 sports sedan inarguably is among the best.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Acceleration and handling are breathtaking. Ride quality for passengers largely depends on the willingness of the driver to acknowledge their existence.

Head-turning quotient: It is a BMW with an M5 badge. It gets all the attention it needs. I thank God that BMW did not send it with the “Sakhir Orange Metallic” exterior paint job which, apparently, is the closest thing the company offers to red in the M5 sedan line.

Body style/layout: The M5 is a compact, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, high-performance version of the BMW 5-Series family sedan.

Engine/transmissions: The car comes standard with a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged, 32-valve, V-8 gasoline engine with variable valve timing. The engine is linked to a standard seven-speed, dual-clutch, automated manual transmission. An optional, traditional six-speed manual gearbox is available at no extra cost.

C apacities: Seats five people. Cargo capacity is 14 cubic feet. The fuel tank holds 21.1 gallons of gasoline. Premium grade is required.

Mileage: I got less than 22.5 miles per gallon combined city-highway driving. A federal gas-guzzler tax remains applicable.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes; four-wheel antilock brake protection; emergency braking assistance; electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability and traction control; high-intensity discharge headlights; side and head air bags. Recommended optional safety items are the blind-side warning and lane-departure warning systems included in the $1,900 Driver Assistance package.

Price: The base price on the 2013 BMW M5 sedan is $90,200. Dealer’s invoice price on that model is $82,985. Price as tested is $101,095, including $8,700 in options (heated leather steering wheel, soft-close automatic doors, 20-inch diameter M sports light alloy wheels, blind-side warning and land-departure warning systems and other items), a $1,300 federal gas guzzler tax and $895 transportation charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $93,350.

- Warren Brown

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