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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 23 34 $44,760 $48,650
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $50,740 $55,150
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $59,065 $64,200
2-Door Roadster SLK250
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK350 20 29 $50,964 $54,800
2-Door Roadster SLK250 22 32 $39,525 $42,500
2-Door Roadster SLK55 AMG 19 28 $62,775 $67,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$44,760
$39,525
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$48,650
$42,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$811 / month
$708 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options. It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seaters 2 Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 42.5
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 38.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.3 52.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 49.0
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 98.3 95.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.5 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 59.5 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 167.0 162.8
Height, Overall (in) 50.8 51.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 61.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.9/6.4 10.1 (6.4 w/top down)
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.8 11.8 x 0.4
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) 13.0 x 0.9 12.7 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.1 34.5
Steering Type Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/45R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3307 3308
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 170 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 240 @ 5000 201 @ 5500
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 1250 - 4800 229 @ 2000 - 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 32
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.35 4.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.06 2.61
Trans Order Code NA 411
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.08 3.07
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.25
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.68 4.46
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.31 1.72
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Type 6 6
Summary
Body Style Convertible 2 Door Roadster
Vehicle Name BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.7 7.1
 
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