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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 Prestige 14 22 $50,128 $53,900
2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus 14 22 $50,128 $53,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic Premium Plus 16 24 $51,244 $55,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic Prestige 16 24 $51,244 $55,100
2-Door Cabriolet Premium Plus 17 26 $55,150 $59,300
2-Door Cabriolet Prestige 17 26 $55,150 $59,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic Special Edition 16 24 $65,008 $69,900
2-Door Coupe Manual Special Edition 14 22 $63,892 $68,700
2-Door Coupe E350 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD E350 19 28 $46,314 $49,800
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E350 18 28 $53,680 $57,720
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Luxury 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport BlueTEC 21 32 $48,072 $51,690
4-Door Sedan RWD E350 Sport 20 30 $46,956 $50,490
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 28 $49,281 $52,990
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC E550 Sport 16 26 $55,605 $59,790
4-Door Sedan RWD E63 AMG 16 24 $82,677 $88,900
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Luxury 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon 4MATIC E350 Sport 19 27 $53,150 $57,150
4-Door Wagon RWD E63 AMG 15 23 $85,095 $91,500
2-Door Coupe RWD E550 17 27 $52,629 $56,590
2-Door Cabriolet RWD E550 16 25 $60,264 $64,800
2-Door Coupe 4MATIC E350 19 29 $48,639 $52,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$50,128
$46,314
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,900
$49,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$898 / month
$830 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Audi S5 / Cabriolet is one of the best-looking performance luxury coupes on the road, and it's one of the best all-around performers, too. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class models have sharper driving appeal than in the past, while also returning to the classy interior appointments and vault-like construction that have made them longtime luxury benchmarks.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 48.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.0
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 31.7 32.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 40.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 40.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 36.0 35.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 53.9 55.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.2 60.8
Wheelbase (in) 108.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in) 26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.0 75.9
Track Width, Front (in) 62.8 60.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 3.0
Length, Overall (in) 182.5 185.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 15.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 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) 13.6 x - TBD - 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.9 22.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 35.3
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 14.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/35R19 P255/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/35R19 P235/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3858 3759
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 354 @ 7000 302 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 @ 3500 273 @ 3500-5250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.2L/254 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 28
Transmission
Drivetrain All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.42/2.23
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.15 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.87 2.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.13 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.66 4.38
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe Coupe
Vehicle Name Audi S5 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front 5-link Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Trapezoidal Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 5
 
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