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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $84,630 $91,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 23 $86,490 $93,000
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 14 21 $89,280 $96,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 22 $128,340 $138,000
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $146,987 $158,050
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $194,370 $209,000
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Pricing
Invoice Price
$84,630
$72,587
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,000
$78,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1517 / month
$1301 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort. 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 19 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 108.6 114.9
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 57.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 42.3 38.7
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.9 64.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.8 4.72
Length, Overall (in) 206.5 202.2
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.2 64.4
Wheelbase (in) 124.6 117.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 76.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.4 14.6
Brakes
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) 11.8 x 0.5 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) 13.2 x 1.3 14.2 x 1.34
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 23.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 41.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Spare Tire Size - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P255/45R18 P255/45R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4474 4409
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 19 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 12.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 284 @ 2400-5000 328 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 4.2L/254
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 295 @ 6000 372 @ 6800
Engine Type Gas/Electric V6 Gas V8
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection FSI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 21
Transmission
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
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
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) 2.23 3.20
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.67
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz S-Class Audi A8
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Adaptive Air
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Four-Link Adaptive Air
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.7 8.9
 
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