German carmaker BMW developed the 2013 F10 M5 and revealed it last fall, equipped with a dual-clutch transmission. The North American customer will have the possibility to opt for a manual transmission at no additional cost. Under the hood, the BMW F10 M5 is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine capable of developing 560 horsepower and 500 lb. ft. of torque. As standard, the model sends the power to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
The manual 6-speed short-throw box features the same final drive ratio and special M differential, but the six gear ratios have been optimized for acceleration. With this transmission the model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The starting price for the 2013 BMW M5 6MT was established at $89.900. To transfer the output to the road, the engineers have offered 20-inch M light alloy wheels for extra $1.300. From the mechanical point of view, the 6MT lags behind the 7DCT. The automated dual clutch continues to improve with each generation and subsequent update.
It was not easy for the specialists to build a manual transmission for a daily driver sport sedan strong enough to handle a maximum torque of 500 lb. ft. and make it last 50.000 miles. The light clutch made departing from a standstill easy and shifting while on-the-fly was effortless. Unfortunately, the 6-speed manual was not very entertaining. The BMW M5 is an incredible car that behaved great with the 7DCT, but the 6MT take a lot of the excitement away. These are all the information revealed concerning the feelings we can get from the new BMW M5.
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