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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 $77,934 $83,800
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 19 $119,924 $128,950
325i 4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $26,250 $28,990
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 21 30 $31,650 $34,990
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $41,020 $45,400
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 20 29 $32,550 $35,990
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 21 30 $38,320 $42,400
2-Door Convertible M3 16 24 $48,220 $53,400
4-Door Sedan 325i 20 29 $24,450 $26,990
4-Door Sedan 330i 21 30 $30,750 $33,990
4-Door Sport Wagon 325i 20 29 $26,620 $29,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$77,934
$24,450
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$83,800
$26,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1397 / month
$450 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 16 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.2 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.4 80.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 54.5
Passenger Capacity 2 5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.7
Second Leg Room (in) - 32.0
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) - 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 45.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 177.1 176.7
Height, Overall (in) 51.3 54.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.0 55.9
Wheelbase (in) 99.0 107.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.3 69.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 7.9 7.7
Brakes
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 11.8 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) 10.9 x 0.4 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 16.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.1 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.4 34.4
Steering Type Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45WR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45ZW17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P205/55HR16
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) 4125 3241
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.25 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.25 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Full-Size 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 143 120
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 339 @ 2700-4250 175 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 5.0L/303 2.5/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 5600 184 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas 6-Cyl
Fuel System SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20
Transmission
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) 3.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.49
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.65 2.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.24
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59 4.21
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Lower Control Arms MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Lower Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Upper Arms
 
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