Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2012 Porsche Panamera
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4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S 550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S 600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.2
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
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Car
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
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
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
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)
23.8 21.1
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.6
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
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R18 275/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P255/45R18 245/50R18
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)
4630 3880
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 27
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Panamera
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4

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