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2013 BMW M3

On-Sale Date: Summer 2012 Price: $90000 Competitors: Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, Porsche Panamera Turbo Powertrain: 4.4-liter V8, 560 hp, 500 lb-ft of torque; seven-speed dual-clutch transmission EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): TBD What's New: Fans of the restyled 5 Series were up in arms over its heavier, more luxurious underpinnings. So there was plenty to potentially bungle with the all-new M5. But BMW went to great lengths to ensure that its flagship's sporting sanctity will satisfy rabid enthusiasts. Though still 90 pounds heavier than a comparably equipped 550i, the new M5 got lighter through aluminum components and by ditching the huge rubber subframe bushings. Now that the rear suspension is bolted directly to the chassis, this two-ton ride feels more in tune with the road. A hydraulic steering setup also replaces the standard 5 Series' electric arrangement and has a crisper feel. Cockpit-adjustable shocks round out a tightly tuned suspension package, and heavier-duty six-piston brakes assure strong stops with the 18- or 19-inch wheels. BMW once proclaimed that M cars would never be turbocharged. Times have changed: This M5's bulged hood hides a twin scroll, twin-turbocharged V8 adapted from the X5 M and X6 M. The mill churns 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The direct-injected powerplant achieves peak torque between 1500 and 5750 rpm and claims 30 percent better fuel economy than its predecessor, thanks in part to an automatic Stop/Start feature (which ...

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