Compare 1997 Lexus SC 400 Luxury Sport Coupe vs 1997 BMW 3-Series

1997 Lexus SC 400 Luxury Sport Coupe
1997 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 18 23 $43,612 $50,800
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3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA
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
$43,612
$19,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$50,800
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$847 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
55.1 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
27.2 32.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
75.4 87.0
Second Hip Room (in)
39.2 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 54.0
Second Head Room (in)
36.1 37.0
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
53.2 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 55.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.9 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 66.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
192.5 165.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.3 15.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x - TBD - 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 x - TBD - 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.6 13.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.3 16.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P225/55R16 P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/55R16 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/55R16 P185/65R15
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)
3605 2,833
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.0 10.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
80 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
270 @ 4500 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.0L/242 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 5300 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.705 0.72
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.804 2.86
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.393 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.531 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.76 4.44
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Lexus SC 400 Luxury Sport Cpe BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Coil Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Coil Spring

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