On the occasion of the North American International Auto Show, Bmw announced that the North American version of the 2013 Bmw M5 sports sedan will receive a 6-speed manual transmission. According to the manufacturer, the new 6-speed transmission will be available from the start of production this summer and will be offered as a no-cost alternative to the standard 7-speed M-Double Clutch Transmission (DCT).
Apparently, the previous generation M5 was very popular among consumers equipped with the manual gearbox. Although the automatic transmission has an extra gear comparing it with the manual gearbox, it appears that its ratios have been optimized for acceleration, flexibility and fuel economy. The final drive ration and special M Active differential are maintained.
Moreover, the new transmission is mated to a short throw shift linkage topped with a black leather backlit shift knob. Under the hood, the new M5 will feature the same 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo package delivering 412 kW/560 hp at 6,000 – 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) from 1,500 rpm.
The car will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 13.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h / 155 mph (305 km/h / 190 mph with M Driver’s Package).
BMW M5 has a body designed to showcase its standout characteristics. The BMW 5-Series Saloon’s dynamic proportions as well as stylishly authoritative look have been enhanced by adding M-specific design features.
Carefully selected modifications have been geared towards meeting the car’s technical demands, making them a core element of the overall concept of the high-performance Saloon. The car has an extraordinary potential that is subtly highlighted with an impressive authenticity, thanks to distinctive design elements found on its sides and on both front and rear ends.
You will appreciate the design of the car’s front apron, which embodies the great power of its V8 engine. The bonnet’s contour lines converge in a “V” form to the brand's signature double-kidney grille. Meanwhile, the wide-spread configuration of the car’s customary M black slats – like the air intakes in the lower front apron – emphasizes the engine’s cooling air requirement behind the grille.
Air intakes have been arranged over various levels, creating an impressive depth that enhances the Saloon’s dynamic and forward-thrusting look. Moreover, dynamically formed intakes promote precise airflow as well as optimum cooling.
Emphasizing the forward-projecting central aperture’s functional significance is the car’s width, which spreads out to the direction of the road surface, as well as the car’s protruding contour lines. You can also see the side air intakes, both having a dynamically curved form and emphasizing the car’s wide track and filling up the spaces in its front apron, which the BMW 5-Series Saloon typically reserves for the foglamps. Then, at the front end’s lower edge, the air-channelling flaps ensure optimized aerodynamics.
Additionally, the new M5’s standard-fitted bi-xenon headlights give daytime running lights with LED light rings. There are indicator lights found on the outer edges, each of them consisting of 10 LED units. Meanwhile, LED accent lights can be seen cutting across the top of the round headlights, perfecting the distinct BMW intent look.