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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
2-Door Roadster Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster Manual 19 27 $35,005 $39,980
2-Door Roadster w/Tiptronic 17 26 $37,610 $43,130
Pricing
Invoice Price
$69,250
$35,005
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$79,600
$39,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1327 / month
$666 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.6
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 -TBD-
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.4 -TBD-
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 51.7
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 57.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.9 4.1
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 169.9
Height, Overall (in) 51.3 50.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 60.2
Wheelbase (in) 99.0 95.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - -TBD-
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 70.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.9 9.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.94 x .35 11.5 x 0.80
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.81 x 1.10 11.74 x 0.95
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 15.3
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.98
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - -TBD-
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 16.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/55ZR16 P225/50R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/55ZR16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4010 2755
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum -TBD-
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size -TBD-
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.1 -TBD-
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110.0 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - -TBD-
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 232 @ 3750 181 @ 4500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.2L/195.2 2.5L/153
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 5600 201 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas I6 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Fuel System SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 27 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19 (Est)
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59 3.50
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA -TBD-
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.43
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 0.79
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.45 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 2 Door Roadster
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Porsche Boxster
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Front Lower Control Arms Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - -TBD-
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - -TBD-
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Independent
 
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