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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster 3.2L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 15 23 $78,210 $89,900
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 20 $107,180 $123,200
2-Door Roadster 3.2L 18 24 $69,250 $79,600
318TIA 3-Door HB Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
4-Door Sedan Manual 328i 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic 318iA 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 318isA 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic 318icA 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
4-Door Sedan Automatic 328iA 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
4-Door Sedan Manual 318i 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Manual 318is 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
2-Door Convertible Manual 318ic 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
4-Door Sedan Manual M3S 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Automatic M3SA 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$69,250
$19,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$79,600
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1327 / month
$357 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.4 87.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 54.0
Passenger Capacity 2 5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 55.6
Second Leg Room (in) - 32.6
Second Hip Room (in) - 54.9
Second Head Room (in) - 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 165.7
Height, Overall (in) 51.3 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 55.6
Wheelbase (in) 99.0 106.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.9 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.81 x 1.10 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.94 x .35 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.1
Steering Type Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size 225/55ZR16 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/55ZR16 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4010 2,833
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.1 10.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110.0 80
Engine
Displacement 3.2L/195.2 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 5600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 232 @ 3750 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.00
Trans Type 5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 1.62
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.45 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 3 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Lower Control Arms Coil Spring
 
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