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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 $82,584 $88,800
2-Door Roadster 5.5L 13 19 $117,413 $126,250
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 21 $111,647 $120,050
4-Door Sport Sedan Linear
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sport Sedan Linear 23 34 $24,929 $26,425
4-Door Sport Sedan Arc 23 30 $28,760 $30,485
4-Door Sport Sedan Aero 20 28 $30,766 $32,685
2-Door Convertible Arc 21 29 $37,715 $39,995
2-Door Convertible Aero 21 30 $40,078 $42,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$82,584
$24,929
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$88,800
$26,425
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1480 / month
$440 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 42.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.9 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 38.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.3 90.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 56.3
Passenger Capacity 2 5
Second Leg Room (in) - 35.1
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) - 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 55.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 178.5 182.5
Height, Overall (in) 51.0 56.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.5 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 100.8 105.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.0 69.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.2 14.8
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
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) 12.3 x - TBD - 12.3 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 16.4
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack-and-pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.97
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.2 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 285/35WR18 P205/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 255/40WR18 P205/55R15
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4065 3175
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 143 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 339 @ 2700-4250 195 @ 2500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 5.0L/303 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 5600 175 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI Turbocharged MFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 3.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.18
Trans Type 7 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 .66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 3.43
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 1.88
Trans Order Code NA MAN
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.82 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 .89
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Saab 9-3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent 4-Link MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Arm Multilink 4-link
 
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