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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $89,900
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TCC’s Bottom Line The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. The Tesla Model S is a revolutionary electric car that blends sporty handling and lots of space, with a range of battery sizes so buyers can choose (and pay for) only the range they need.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg N/A mpg
EPA Classification Subcompact Cars NA
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 31.9 35.4
Front Leg Room (in) 40.5 42.7
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.2 55.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 57.7
Front Hip Room (in) - 55.0
Second Hip Room (in) - 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 94.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 62 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 62 66.9
Wheelbase (in) 101 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 77.3
Track Width, Front (in) 61.9 65.4
Length, Overall (in) 157 196.0
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11 14.0 x 1.3
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 14.4 x 1.1
Brake Type - Pwr
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.3 37.0
Steering Type Rack-Pinion Electric Rack-&-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - - TBD -
Front Tire Size P155/70R19 245/45R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P155/70R19 245/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2799 4647
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 X 5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 X 5 19 x - TBD -
Engine Type Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 184 325
Engine Order Code NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 362 @ 6000
Fuel System - NA
Displacement - NA
EPA MPG Equivalent - City 137 88 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined 124 89 (2012)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy 111 90 (2012)
Battery Range (mi) 80 160
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - NA
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 9.70 - TBD -
Trans Type 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - 9.73
Clutch Size (in) - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Vehicle Name BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Body Style Hatchback Sedan
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front Strut Double-Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - NA
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - NA
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - - TBD -
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