Compare 2011 Lotus Elise vs 2011 BMW Z4

2011 Lotus Elise
2011 BMW Z4
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible 21 27 N/A $51,845
2-Door Convertible SC 20 26 N/A $54,990
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2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive30i 18 28 $43,655 $47,450
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $49,080 $53,350
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $57,500 $62,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$43,655
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$51,845
$47,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$864 / month
$791 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 BMW Z4 is an exhilarating sports car, and one of the better choices for touring, but next to other roadsters it's pricey.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 42.2
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
- TBD - 39.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 70.5
Track Width, Front (in)
57.4 59.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
149.0 167.0
Height, Overall (in)
44.0 50.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.2 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
90.5 98.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 10.9/6.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.0 x 0.9
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)
10.6 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Manual Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.8 35.1
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P175/50R16 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
1984 3241
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 5.5 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 147
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
MPFI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
133 @ 6800 220 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
190 @ 7800 255 @ 6600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.01
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.53 4.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.17 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.50
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.48 1.31
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Dr Conv
Vehicle Name
Lotus Elise BMW Z4
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut-Type
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Double-Pivot
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Central Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5

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