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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 $84,909 $91,300
2-Door Roadster 5.5L 13 19 $120,342 $129,400
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 20 $114,669 $123,300
2-Door Roadster 6.0L AMG 12 19 $169,353 $182,100
325i 4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $29,025 $31,700
2-Door Coupe SULEV 325Ci 19 27 $29,025 $31,700
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 20 30 $34,125 $37,300
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $43,225 $47,300
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 19 27 $35,670 $39,000
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 19 28 $40,765 $44,600
2-Door Convertible M3 16 23 $50,960 $55,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 325i 20 29 $26,845 $29,300
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 325i 19 27 $26,845 $29,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 325i 20 29 $26,845 $29,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 325xi 19 27 $28,435 $31,050
4-Door Sedan RWD 330i 20 30 $32,665 $35,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 330xi 20 29 $34,260 $37,450
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 325i 20 29 $28,570 $31,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD SULEV 325i 19 27 $28,570 $31,200
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 325xi 19 26 $30,165 $32,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$84,909
$26,845
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,300
$29,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1522 / month
$488 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 37.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 57.8 90.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.4
Passenger Capacity 2 5
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 41.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) - 34.6
Second Hip Room (in) - - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) - 37.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 178.5 176
Height, Overall (in) 51.0 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.5 58.4
Wheelbase (in) 100.8 107.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 68.5
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.2 10.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 16.6
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 18.1 13.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.2 34.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack-and-pinion Variable Assist Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size 285/35ZR18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 255/40ZR18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size Compact P205/55R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare 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) 4065 3219
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 16 x 7.0
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
Displacement 5.0L/303 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 302 @ 5600 184 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas 6-Cyl
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 339 @ 2700-4250 175 @ 3500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.66
Trans Type 7 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.52
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.82 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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-Arm Multilink Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Upper Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent 4-Link Strut type
 
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