Compare 1997 BMW 7-Series vs 1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class

1997 BMW 7-Series
1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan SWB 740iA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan SWB 740iA 17 24 $53,920 $60,850
4-Door Sedan LWB 740il 17 24 $56,730 $64,800
4-Door Sedan LWB 750il 15 20 $79,735 $91,100
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4-Door Sedan 3.2L SWB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.2L SWB 17 24 $55,070 $63,300
4-Door Sedan 3.2L LWB 17 24 $57,940 $66,600
4-Door Sedan 4.2L 16 22 $64,290 $73,900
4-Door Sedan 5.0L 15 21 $76,120 $87,500
2-Door Coupe 5.0L 15 22 $79,950 $91,900
4-Door Sedan 6.0L 13 19 $113,360 $130,300
2-Door Coupe 6.0L 13 20 $115,970 $133,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$53,920
$55,070
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,850
$63,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1014 / month
$1055 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.6 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 61.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 61.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 57.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 108.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 6.0
Length, Overall (in)
196.2 201.3
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.7 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.4 119.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.3 74.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 15.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4 Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 11.4 x .48
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 14.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 41.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive Pwr Recirculating Ball
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.7 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/60R16 225/60R16
Spare Tire Size
P235/60R16 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R16 225/60R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4255 4480
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 12.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120.0
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
282 @ 5700 228 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I6
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3900 232 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.4L/268 3.2L/195
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.24 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.83
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar w/Coil Springs

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