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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 23 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
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
Passenger Capacity 2 4
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
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
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 66.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.9 15.0
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 14.5
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 35.4
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P225/50WR16
Front 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) 4125 2778
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
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
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
Fuel System SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 23
Transmission
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.65 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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 -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Coil Spring
 
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