Compare 1997 Acura NSX vs 1997 BMW 3-Series

1997 Acura NSX
1997 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door NSX Coupe 3.0L Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
NSX 2-Door NSX Coupe 3.0L Automatic 18 24 $72,097 $84,000
NSX 2-Door NSX Coupe 3.2L Manual 17 24 $72,097 $84,000
NSX 2-Door NSX-T Open Top 3.0L Automatic 18 24 $75,530 $88,000
NSX 2-Door NSX-T Open Top 3.2L Manual 17 24 $75,530 $88,000
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318I 4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 318I 4-Door Sedan Manual 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318TI 3-Door HB Manual 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 318TIA 3-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 328I 4-Door Sedan Manual 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series 328ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series M3 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3S 4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3SA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,097
$22,755
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$84,000
$25,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1400 / month
$433 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
36.3 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
48.9 85.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.5 53.5
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
44.3 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.8 56.6
Second Leg Room (in)
- 34.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- 56.6
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.3
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
174.2 174.5
Height, Overall (in)
46.1 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.2 55.9
Wheelbase (in)
99.6 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.0 10.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.10 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 0.91 11.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
-TBD- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.6 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 34.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.07 3.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45ZR16 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
165/75R16 P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40ZR17 P185/65R15
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)
3113 2,976
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
-TBD- Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16" x 7" 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17" x 8.5" 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
17.4 10.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
-TBD- - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 80
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
252 @ 6600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
PGM-FI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
210 @ 5300 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/181 1.9L/116
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 31
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.909 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.551 2.52
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.428 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.684 1.22
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.611 4.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.025 1.66
Trans Type
4 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura NSX BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
-TBD- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
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 w/Central Links
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
-TBD- - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Coil Spring

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