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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible
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Trim

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
2-Door Roadster sDrive30i
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) - TBD - 39.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) - TBD - 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) - TBD - 42.2
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 70.5
Track Width, Front (in) 57.4 59.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - 10.9/6.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 10.6 14.5
Steering
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
Steering Type Manual Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
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) 1984 3241
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 147
Engine
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
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 18
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Lotus Elise BMW Z4
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Dr Conv
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut-Type
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.1 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
 
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