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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe SLS AMG
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Trim

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
2-Door Coupe
Pricing
Invoice Price
$176,328
$337,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$189,600
$375,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$3160 / month
$6250 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The 2012 Lexus LFA, like any supercar, is more of an emotional than a logical purchase, and if you can get over the fact that it's not the fastest even though it's one of the most expensive, it will serve well as a show-stopper.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 11 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 16 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 2 -
EPA Classification Two Seater Two Seaters
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 - TBD -
Passenger Capacity 2 2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 4.5
Length, Overall (in) 182.6 177.4
Height, Overall (in) 49.3 48.0
Track Width, Rear (in) 65.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.5 102.6
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 76.3 74.6
Track Width, Front (in) 66.2 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 6.2 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 15.4 x 1.4 15.4 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 14.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.2 19.3
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 2.35
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 13.1 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.0 19.69
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P295/30YR20 P305/30ZR20
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P265/35YR19 P265/35ZR20
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA 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) 3573 3483
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x 9.5 20 x 9.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 20 x 11.0 20 x 11.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 220
Engine
Fuel System - TBD - Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 479 @ 4750 354 @ 6800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 6.3L/379 4.8L/293
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 563 @ 6800 552 @ 8700
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas V10
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 12
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 11
Transmission
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.67 3.42
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.29 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.80
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.23
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.63 1.61
Trans Type 7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.79 3.59
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.19
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 -
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Coupe Coupe
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Lexus LFA
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
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 Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 15.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 1 5
 
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