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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 740i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 740i 17 25 $65,000 $70,650
4-Door Sedan RWD 750i 15 22 $75,900 $82,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 750i xDrive 14 20 $78,660 $85,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 750i ActiveHybrid 17 24 $89,240 $97,000
4-Door Sedan RWD 740Li 17 25 $69,045 $75,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 750Li 14 22 $79,490 $86,400
4-Door Sedan AWD 750Li xDrive 14 20 $82,250 $89,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 750Li ActiveHybrid 17 24 $92,920 $101,000
4-Door Sedan RWD ALPINA B7 SWB 14 22 $112,240 $122,000
4-Door Sedan RWD ALPINA B7 LWB 14 22 $115,830 $125,900
4-Door Sedan RWD 760Li 13 19 $126,315 $137,300
4-Door Sedan AWD ALPINA B7 SWB xDrive 14 20 $115,000 $125,000
4-Door Sedan AWD ALPINA B7 LWB xDrive 14 20 $118,590 $128,900
4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $84,630 $91,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 23 $86,490 $93,000
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 14 21 $89,280 $96,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $146,987 $158,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L V8 AMG N/A N/A N/A $138,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $194,370 $209,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 22 $128,340 $138,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$65,000
$84,630
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$70,650
$91,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1178 / month
$1517 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio. From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.2 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 106 108.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 58.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 38.9 42.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.4 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 199.8 206.5
Height, Overall (in) 58.2 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.0 63.2
Wheelbase (in) 120.9 124.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 74.9 73.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.0 16.4
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) 13.6 x 0.94 11.8 x 0.5
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) 14.7 x 1.42 13.2 x 1.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.7 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 40.0
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 220 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4630 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4101 4474
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 332 @ 1500-4500 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/182 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 326 @ 5800 295 @ 6000
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System DI Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.17 4.38
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.42
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.46 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style 4-Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Integral-V NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Multi-Link Four-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.3 8.7
 
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