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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe Standard
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe SVT Cobra 16 22 $30,839 $33,460
2-Door Convertible SVT Cobra 16 22 $34,819 $37,835
2-Door Coupe Standard 20 29 $16,338 $17,720
2-Door Coupe Deluxe 20 29 $16,996 $18,450
2-Door Coupe Premium 20 29 $17,999 $19,565
2-Door Coupe GT Deluxe 18 26 $21,724 $23,705
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 18 26 $22,777 $24,875
2-Door Coupe Premium Mach 1 18 26 $26,224 $28,705
2-Door Convertible Deluxe 20 29 $21,500 $23,455
2-Door Convertible Premium 19 27 $23,826 $26,040
2-Door Convertible GT Deluxe 18 26 $25,630 $28,045
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 18 26 $26,683 $29,215
2-Door Coupe SVT Cobra 10th Anniv 16 22 $32,166 $34,935
2-Door Convertible SVT Cobra 10th Anniv 16 22 $36,115 $39,275
2-Door Coupe GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual GL 24 31 $15,199 $15,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic GL 23 29 $16,063 $16,825
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GL 42 49 $16,374 $17,195
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GL 34 44 $17,238 $18,070
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GL 24 31 $17,558 $18,450
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GL 23 29 $18,422 $19,325
2-Door Coupe Manual GLS 24 31 $16,596 $17,815
2-Door Coupe Automatic GLS 23 29 $17,460 $18,690
2-Door Coupe TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $17,687 $18,995
2-Door Coupe TDI Automatic GLS 34 44 $18,551 $19,870
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLS 24 31 $18,481 $19,855
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $19,345 $20,730
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual GLX 24 31 $20,129 $21,640
2-Door Coupe Turbo Automatic GLX 23 29 $20,993 $22,515
2-Door Coupe Turbo Manual S 23 30 $21,884 $23,540
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,338
$15,199
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,720
$15,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$295 / month
$266 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 29 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 47.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 52.8
Second Head Room (in) 35.5 36.7
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.1 49.3
Front Leg Room (in) 42.6 39.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 29.9 33.5
Front Head Room (in) 38.1 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 83.0 85
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.6
Length, Overall (in) 183.2 161.1
Height, Overall (in) 53.1 59.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.6 58.8
Wheelbase (in) 101.3 98.7
Liftover Height (in) 28.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 67.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 59.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.9 12.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 9.13 x 0.35
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) - TBD - 11.0 x 0.87
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.7 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.0 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 35.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.62 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/55TR16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size T125/90R15 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P225/55TR16 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3114 2817
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 5.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 70
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 225 @ 2800 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.8L/232 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 193 @ 5500 115 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 29 31
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.15 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.99 2.12
Trans Order Code 445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.27 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.37 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.33 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.68 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Four-Bar Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30.1 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
 
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