Compare 2012 BMW M3 vs 2012 Audi S4

2012 BMW M3
2012 Audi S4
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 14 20 $55,290 $60,100
2-Door Convertible 13 20 $63,250 $68,750
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4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$55,290
$43,990
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$60,100
$47,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1002 / month
$788 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven. For those who like what they see in the pert Audi A4 sport sedan but want an emphasis on the 'sport'—without giving up any practicality—the 2012 Audi S4 is the way to go.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.7 35.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88.0 90.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 41.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 71.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.5 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
181.8 185.7
Height, Overall (in)
55.6 55.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
108.7 110.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.0 12.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.2 13.6 x - TBD -
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)
13.8 x 0.9 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.6 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
12.5 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P265/40ZR18 P245/40R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P245/40R18
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3704 3847
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 140
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3900 325 @ 2900
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.0/244 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
414 @ 8300 333 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas Supercharged V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 18
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.78
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.58 1.52
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All wheel drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.92
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.68 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40 2.16
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.13
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW M3 Audi S4
Body Style
Coupe Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut 5-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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