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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
4-Door Sedan 528i RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$57,400
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$957 / month
$782 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package. The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification NA Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors 4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 54.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 58.3
Second Head Room (in) 35.3 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 56.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.7 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.0 100.5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 36.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.8 39.1
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 65.4 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 196.0 193.1
Height, Overall (in) 56.5 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in) 66.9 64.1
Wheelbase (in) 116.5 116.9
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 77.3 73.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) - TBD - 18.4
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) 14.4 x 1.1 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 14.0 x 1.3 13.0 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.0 - TBD -
Steering Type Electric Rack-&-Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 245/45R19 225/55R17
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 245/45R19 225/55R17
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4647 3814
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 19 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) NA 10.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) NA 170
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 325 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code NA N20
Displacement NA 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 362 @ 6000 240 @ 5000
Engine Type Electric Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System NA Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) NA 34
EPA MPG Equivalent - City - TBD - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined - TBD - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) NA 23
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy - TBD - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) NA 27
Battery Range (mi) 160 (Est) -
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1) 9.73 4.71
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.11
Trans Type 1 8
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.30
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 3.14
Trans Order Code NA 205
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.67
Trans Description Cont. NA Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Summary
Body Style Sedan 4dr Sedan
Vehicle Name Tesla Model S BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A NA
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year NA 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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