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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster 5.0L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 16 23 $70,560 $81,100
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 19 $110,400 $126,900
318TI 3-Door HB Manual
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $29,265 $33,200
4-Door Sedan 328i 20 29 $29,725 $33,400
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $21,100 $23,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic 323isA 19 27 $25,330 $28,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic 323icA 19 27 $30,580 $34,700
4-Door Sedan 323i 20 29 $23,530 $26,400
2-Door Coupe Manual 323is 21 31 $25,330 $28,700
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,530 $41,500
2-Door Convertible Manual 323ic 21 31 $30,580 $34,700
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 19 26 $34,955 $39,700
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 32 $21,100 $23,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 20 27 $29,265 $33,200
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 20 27 $36,530 $41,500
2-Door Convertible Manual M3 19 26 $40,375 $45,900
2-Door Convertible Automatic M3 17 25 $40,375 $45,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$70,560
$21,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$81,100
$23,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1352 / month
$388 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 16 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 55.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.4 87.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 54.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.1
Second Leg Room (in) - 32.6
Second Hip Room (in) - 54.9
Second Head Room (in) - 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.90 - 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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.9 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x 0.4 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 1.1 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.4
Steering Type Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 15.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P225/50WR16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4125 2778
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.25 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.25 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 143 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 339 @ 2700-4250 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 5.0L/303 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 5600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.65 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59 4.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.66
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.52
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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
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 -
 
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