Compare 2012 BMW 1-Series vs 2012 Porsche Cayman

2012 BMW 1-Series
2012 Porsche Cayman
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2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Coupe SULEV 128i 18 28 $28,705 $31,200
2-Door Convertible 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Convertible SULEV 128i 18 28 $33,950 $36,900
2-Door Coupe 135i 20 28 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Convertible 135i 19 28 $40,570 $44,100
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 19 27 $46,530 $51,900
2-Door Coupe S 19 26 $55,710 $62,100
2-Door Coupe R 19 27 $59,490 $66,300
2-Door Coupe S Black Edition 19 26 $60,570 $67,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,705
$46,530
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,200
$51,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$520 / month
$865 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
9.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you can get past the often-confusing iDrive system, the 2012 BMW 1-Series offers a great blend of style, power, handling, and luxury at a sometimes reasonable, sometimes objectionable price. The 2012 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 51.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
86.0 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.4 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 33.5
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.0 -
Front Head Room (in)
37.9 37.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
172.2 172.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.0 51.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in)
104.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.8 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.3 58.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.0 14.5
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.8
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)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.5 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14. 16.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/50R17 P205/55R/17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50R17 P235/50R/17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3252 2932
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
70 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
3.0L/183 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 6500 265 @ 7200
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas Flat 6-Cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 2750 221 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.43
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.94 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.46 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.23 1.09
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.32 3.50
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 1 Series Porsche Cayman
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Fully Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 8.5

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