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Selected Style 2-Door Roadster SLK250
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster SLK250 22 32 $39,525 $42,500
2-Door Roadster SLK350 20 29 $50,964 $54,800
2-Door Roadster SLK55 AMG 19 28 $62,775 $67,500
2-Door Coupe
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 19 27 $46,530 $51,900
2-Door Coupe S 19 26 $55,710 $62,100
2-Door Coupe R 19 27 $59,490 $66,300
2-Door Coupe S Black Edition 19 26 $60,570 $67,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,525
$46,530
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,500
$51,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$708 / month
$865 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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 Porsche Cayman is a potent mix of performance, comfort, and cargo space, and a leader in the sports car segment.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2 Seater Two-Seater
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.2 51.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 49.0 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.5 33.5
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 38.0 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 51.2 51.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 60.4
Wheelbase (in) 95.7 95.1
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 70.9
Track Width, Front (in) 61.4 58.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in) 162.8 172.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 10.1 (6.4 w/top down) 14.5
Brakes
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 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 12.5 x 1.1
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 15.9 16.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.1-13.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 34.5 36.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P205/55R/17
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17 P235/50R/17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3308 2932
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 17 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 229 @ 2000 - 4300 221 @ 4400-6000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 1.8L/110 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 201 @ 5500 265 @ 7200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas Flat 6-Cyl
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 - TBD -
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.46 3.50
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 9.45
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.72 1.43
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.06 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.61 2.12
Trans Order Code 411 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07 3.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Porsche Cayman
Body Style 2 Door Roadster 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.1 8.5
 
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