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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan S400 Hybrid RWD
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan RWD S600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door HB
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$85,421
$67,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,850
$75,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1531 / month
$1253 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful. Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 51.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 109.0 98.0
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.7 51.7
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.9
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Front Hip Room (in) 60.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 42.3 33.3
Front Head Room (in) 37.8 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 63.1 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.75 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 206.5 195.7
Height, Overall (in) 58.0 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.2 65.4
Wheelbase (in) 124.6 115.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 83.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 44.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.7
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 0.9 13.0 x 1.1
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 1.25 14.2 x 1.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 23.8 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.83 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.0 39.3
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.8 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA N/A
Front Tire Size P255/45R18 245/50R18
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code NA N/A
Rear Tire Size P255/45R18 275/45R18
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4630 3880
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 284 @ 2400-5000 295 @ 3750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 295 @ 6000 300 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.59
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 5.97
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 2.01
Trans Type 7 7
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 4.57
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 3.31
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.23 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Panamera
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 8.7
 
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