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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster SL550
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SL550 14 22 $96,395 $103,650
2-Door Roadster SL63 AMG 12 19 $130,609 $140,440
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L GT 13 19 $183,024 $196,800
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L 13 19 $159,774 $171,800
2-Door Convertible Manual quattro Spyder 5.2L 12 19 $151,311 $162,700
2-Door Convertible Manual quattro Spyder 4.2L 11 20 $118,761 $127,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L 13 19 $147,033 $158,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 4.2L 13 21 $114,669 $123,300
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L 11 20 $106,206 $114,200
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 5.2L 12 19 $138,570 $149,000
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 4.2L 13 21 $127,224 $136,800
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L GT 13 19 $195,579 $210,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$96,395
$106,206
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$103,650
$114,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1728 / month
$1903 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line A powerful near-exotic luxury convertible, or a grand tourer with German precision? The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class is both. A marriage of the best of German handling and Italian power, the 2012 Audi R8 is a fantastic all-around supercar.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 11 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2 Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 37.7 37.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.0 54.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 50.0 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) 56.9 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 51.1 49.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.5 62.8
Wheelbase (in) 100.8 104.3
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 31.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 75.0
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 174.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.2 (7.2 w/top down) 3.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.1 14.4 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 0.4 14.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.3 17.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.2 38.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P255/40R18 P235/35R19
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P285/35R18 P295/30R19
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4220 3605
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 9.5 19 x 11.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 24.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 760 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 190
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 391 @ 2800-4000 316 @ 4500-6000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 5.5L/333 4.2L/254
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 382 @ 6000 430 @ 7900
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 14
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 11
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.82 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.38 4.37
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.92 1.87
Trans Type 7 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.12
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.42 (R2 2.23) 3.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.86 2.70
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 -
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.65 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Audi R8
Body Style Convertible Coupe
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 13.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 1
 
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