Feature Flick: How Does the 2013 BMW M5 Manual Stack Up to the Dual-Clutch Transmission?

In previous Feature Flicks, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and Jonny Lieberman have track-tested the 2013 BMW M5 with the dual-clutch transmission as well as compared it against the Porsche Panamera GTS. On this Feature Flick, Lago tests the 2013 BMW M5 with the six-speed manual-transmission to see it works as well in the large German sedan.

As expected, the manual-transmission-equipped M5 is about a half-second slower to 60 mph and in the quarter-mile versus the dual-clutch car with launch control, but as Lago explains, those who buy a manual transmission over a dual-clutch aren’t buying it because it’s faster, rather they are buying the car for the driving experience of shifting it themselves.

While not every car is better with a dual-clutch transmission,cars designed with only dual-clutch transmission, like the Ferrari 458 Italia, wouldn’t be better with a manual. So what does Lago conclude about the 2013 BMW M5 with the six-speed manual transmission? Check out the video below to find out!

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And don’t forget to revisit Lago’s test of the 2013 BMW M5 with dual-clutch transmission or Lieberman’s comparison with the Porsche Panamera GTS in these two videos:

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2013 BMW M5

2013 BMW M5

MSRP $91,200 Base Sedan

0-60 MPH:



14 City / 20 Hwy

Horse Power:

560 @ 6000