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 Leg Room (in)
36.7 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 108.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.3 74.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 15.6
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.2
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 26.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.7 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
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
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/60R16 225/60R16
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4255 4480
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 12.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 120.0
Engine
Displacement
4.4L/268 3.2L/195
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 24
Transmission
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
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar w/Coil Springs
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

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