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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 20 30 $14,107 $15,355
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $16,460 $18,000
2-Door Convertible 20 30 $18,912 $20,755
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $21,787 $23,985
2-Door Coupe Cobra 18 26 $22,988 $25,335
2-Door Convertible Cobra 18 26 $25,480 $28,135
318TIA 3-Door HB Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic 318iA 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
4-Door Sedan Manual 318i 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 318isA 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
2-Door Coupe Manual 318is 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic 328iA 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
4-Door Sedan Manual 328i 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Convertible Automatic 318icA 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
2-Door Convertible Manual 318ic 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Automatic M3SA 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Manual M3S 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,107
$19,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,355
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$357 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 52.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in) 30.3 32.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 83.0 87.0
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 54.0
Second Head Room (in) 35.9 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 53.2 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.2 55.6
Wheelbase (in) 101.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in) 30.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.8 66.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 181.5 165.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.9 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.5 x 0.55 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.8 x 1.02 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System NA Four-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.4 13.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.3 34.1
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.38 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.7 16.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size T125/90R15 P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code T32 NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/65R15 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code T32 NA
Front Tire Size P205/65R15 P185/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3071 2,833
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 4.0 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.6 10.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 540 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 215 @ 2750 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code 994 NA
Displacement 3.8L/232 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 150 @ 4000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.73 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.35 2.86
Clutch Size (in) 11.02 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA Electronic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.15 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.93 1.62
Trans Order Code 445 NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Ford Mustang BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear Four-bar link Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Coil Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.06 - TBD -
 
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