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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus 14 22 $48,732 $52,400
2-Door Coupe Manual Prestige 14 22 $48,732 $52,400
2-Door Coupe Automatic Premium Plus 16 24 $49,848 $53,600
2-Door Coupe Automatic Prestige 16 24 $49,848 $53,600
2-Door Cabriolet Premium Plus 17 26 $54,174 $58,250
2-Door Cabriolet Prestige 17 26 $54,174 $58,250
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi N/A N/A $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$48,732
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$52,400
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$873 / month
$545 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2010 Audi S5 / Cabriolet might be the most handsome German luxury two-doors available-and are surely among the best performers. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84.0 93.0
Second Head Room (in) 36.0 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.5
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 31.7 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 182.1 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 54.0 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.1 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 108.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.0 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 62.5 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.2 12.0
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) 13.0 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.6 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 36.1
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P255/35R19 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/35R19 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3858 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 180
Engine
Displacement 4.2L/254 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 354 @ 7000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas I6
Fuel System DOHC FSI Direct - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 @ 3500 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.92 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.88 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.13 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.67 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name Audi S5 BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/anti-dive NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front 5-link Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 -
 
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