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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan CLS550
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CLS550 14 21 $68,820 $74,000
4-Door Sedan CLS63 AMG 12 18 $92,116 $99,050
4-Door Sedan
Pricing
Invoice Price
$68,820
$72,587
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$74,000
$78,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1233 / month
$1301 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 21 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.1 41.4
Front Hip Room (in) 52.0 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 104.3 114.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 38.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 37.2
Second Hip Room (in) 53.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.1
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 57.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 64.4
Wheelbase (in) 112.4 117.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 76.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.5 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.72
Length, Overall (in) 193.3 202.2
Height, Overall (in) 55.7 57.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 17.5 14.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 12.2 x 0.87
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) 13.0 x - TBD - 14.2 x 1.34
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) 21.1 23.7
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 41.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/30R19 P255/45R19
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/35R19 P255/45R19
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4023 4409
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 12.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System - TBD - FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 391 @ 2800-4800 328 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 5.5L/333 4.2L/254
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 382 @ 6000 372 @ 6800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 21 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 3.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 3.14
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.82 3.20
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.17
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 2.11
Trans Type 7 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Audi A8
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Adaptive Air
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 4-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Adaptive Air
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 4
 
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