There are many reasons to love the 2013 BMW 5-Series, from its look to its feel to its sheer Bimmerness. But the best reason to love the 2013 5-Series is the M5.
Powered by a relentless 560-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, the rear wheels help sling the nearly 4,400-pound super-sedan to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, or 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed M-DCT dual-clutch transmission.
Speaking of transmissions, while we're as appreciative of the man-and-machine oneness of a good session of heel-toe downshifting on track as anyone, you're almost certainly better off with the dual-clutch unit. Why? Because not only is it easier in traffic and daily driving, it's better--and faster--on track. The gulf is widened by the fact that BMW M-DCT is a very good example of a dual-clutch, while its shifter on the six-speed is only a mediocre representative of its tribe. If you're truly a purist, get the six-speed, but don't say we didn't warn...
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