Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class vs 2012 BMW Z4

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
2012 BMW Z4
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2-Door Roadster SLK 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK 250 22 32 $39,525 $42,500
2-Door Roadster SLK 350 20 29 $50,964 $54,800
2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG 19 28 $62,775 $67,500
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 23 34 $44,760 $48,650
2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $50,740 $55,150
2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $59,065 $64,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,525
$44,760
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,500
$48,650
Monthly Payment Estimate
$708 / month
$811 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills. The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2 Seater Two Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 39.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 53.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
49.0 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 42.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 59.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
162.8 167.0
Height, Overall (in)
51.2 50.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
95.7 98.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 70.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.1 (6.4 w/top down) 10.9/6.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 0.4 11.8 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.7 x 1.3 13.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 14.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.5 35.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R17 P225/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3308 3307
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 17 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 170
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
229 @ 2000 - 4300 260 @ 1250 - 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
201 @ 5500 240 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.06 3.35
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.61 2.06
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Order Code
411 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.08
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.68
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 3.68
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.72 1.31
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Roadster Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class BMW Z4
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6

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