It seems factory produced hot rods are a thing. Many brands clone their base model and sup it up into something more hair-raising and adrenaline-inducing. BMW’s M badge in particular, sets one to thinking of land-anchored rockets and a paradigm shift in the subject of physics. M cars are not just faster cars, they’re legends beginning from their blueprints.
Since the inauguration of the M5 in 1984, there have been 4 generations of this high-performance saloon, making the 2013 M5 the fifth. The first M5 from the mid-eighties produced a punchy 256-horsepower on an inline six-cylinder engine, and the latest M5 has a twin-turbocharged V-8 that produces a roaring 560 horses, more than twice the hp as the original.
We can expect to see this daunting muscle machine for sale in late summer.
Thanks to Car and Driver, we have some specs:
VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
PRICE AS TESTED (est): $97,000 (base price: $92,000)
ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Power: 560 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 502 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
Zero to 60 mph: 3.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 8.3 sec
EPA fuel economy, city driving: 17/22 mpg