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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan W12 14 21 $124,157 $133,500
4-Door Sedan 18 28 $78,772 $84,700
4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
Pricing
Invoice Price
$78,772
$85,421
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$84,700
$91,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1412 / month
$1531 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Cars Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 121.9 109.0
Second Head Room (in) 39.1 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.8 58.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 41.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.8
Second Leg Room (in) 42.9 42.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.2 37.8
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 60.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.7 5.75
Length, Overall (in) 207.4 206.5
Height, Overall (in) 57.9 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.4 63.2
Wheelbase (in) 122.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.7 73.7
Track Width, Front (in) 64.7 63.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.2 16.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.9
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 15.0 x - TBD - 13.2 x 1.25
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 23.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.1 17.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - TBD - 40.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P255/45R19 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/45R19 P255/45R18
Rear 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) 4453 4630
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 4.2L/254 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 372 @ 6800 295 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 328 @ 3500 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 21
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.11 1.92
Trans Type 8 7
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.32 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.14 2.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.67 -
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.20 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.67 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.71 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.73
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi A8 L Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front 5-Link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 8.9
 
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