Compare 1997 Acura NSX vs 1997 BMW 3-Series

1997 Acura NSX
1997 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door NSX Coupe 3.0L Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door NSX Coupe 3.0L Automatic 18 24 $72,097 $84,000
2-Door NSX Coupe 3.2L Manual 17 24 $72,097 $84,000
2-Door NSX-T Open Top 3.0L Automatic 18 24 $75,530 $88,000
2-Door NSX-T Open Top 3.2L Manual 17 24 $75,530 $88,000
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3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic 318iA 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
4-Door Sedan Manual 318i 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 318isA 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
2-Door Coupe Manual 318is 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic 328iA 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
4-Door Sedan Manual 328i 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Convertible Automatic 318icA 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
2-Door Convertible Manual 318ic 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Automatic M3SA 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Manual M3S 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,097
$19,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$84,000
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1400 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
36.3 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
48.9 87.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.5 54.0
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
44.3 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
174.2 165.7
Height, Overall (in)
46.1 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 55.6
Wheelbase (in)
99.6 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.0 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.10 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.91 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.07 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
-TBD- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40ZR17 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45ZR16 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
165/75R16 P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3113 2,833
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
-TBD- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16" x 7" 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17" x 8.5" 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
17.4 10.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
-TBD- - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 80
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/181 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 6600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
PGM-FI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
210 @ 5300 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
-TBD- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.025 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.909 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.551 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.428 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.684 0.72
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.611 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura NSX BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
-TBD- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
-TBD- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Coil Spring

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