Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG vs 2012 Audi R8

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2012 Audi R8
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2-Door Coupe SLS AMG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe SLS AMG 14 20 $176,328 $189,600
2-Door Convertible Roadster SLS AMG 14 20 $182,373 $196,100
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2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L 11 20 $106,206 $114,200
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 4.2L 13 21 $114,669 $123,300
2-Door Convertible Manual quattro Spyder 4.2L 11 20 $118,761 $127,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 4.2L 13 21 $127,224 $136,800
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 5.2L 12 19 $138,570 $149,000
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L 13 19 $147,033 $158,100
2-Door Convertible Manual quattro Spyder 5.2L 12 19 $151,311 $162,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L 13 19 $159,774 $171,800
2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L GT 13 19 $183,024 $196,800
2-Door Convertible Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L GT 13 19 $195,579 $210,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$176,328
$106,206
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$189,600
$114,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$3160 / month
$1903 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has those stunning gullwing doors, but but we'd take the Roadster any day--all the better to savor the sounds from that epic AMG V-8. 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
City
14 mpg 11 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Number of Passenger Doors
2 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 37.7
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.6 174.4
Height, Overall (in)
49.3 49.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 62.8
Wheelbase (in)
105.5 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 31.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.3 75.0
Track Width, Front (in)
66.2 64.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
6.2 3.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.4 x 1.4 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)
14.2 x 1.0 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)
26.2 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.1 17.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P295/30YR20 P295/30R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P265/35YR19 P235/35R19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3573 3605
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 9.5 19 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 11.0 19 x 11.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 24.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 520
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 190
Engine
Fuel System
- TBD - Direct
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
479 @ 4750 316 @ 4500-6000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
6.3L/379 4.2L/254
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
563 @ 6800 430 @ 7900
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 14
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 11
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 4.37
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.63 1.87
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.12
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.70
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 -
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.41
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Audi R8
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 13.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 1

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