Compare 2012 BMW Z4 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class

2012 BMW Z4
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
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
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2-Door Roadster SLK250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK250 22 32 $39,525 $42,500
2-Door Roadster SLK350 20 29 $50,964 $54,800
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
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
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seaters 2 Seater
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Wheelbase (in)
98.3 95.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.5 71.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.9/6.4 10.1 (6.4 w/top down)
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 15.9
Steering
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 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.1 34.5
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3307 3308
Wheels
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 -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
240 @ 5000 201 @ 5500
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.35 4.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.61
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA 411
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Convertible 2 Door Roadster
Vehicle Name
BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - TBD -

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