Compare 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG vs 2012 Lexus LFA

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2012 Lexus LFA
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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
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 11 16 $337,500 $375,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$176,328
$337,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$189,600
$375,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$3160 / month
$6250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
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
City
14 mpg 11 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 16 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Two Seaters
Number of Passenger Doors
2 -
Interior Dimensions
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 -
Front Hip Room (in)
- 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
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.2 19.3
Steering
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
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.35
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
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 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
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.42
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.23
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Lexus LFA
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 Multi-Link
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 15.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 5

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