Compare 1997 Audi A8 vs 1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class

1997 Audi A8
1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan 3.7L Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 3.7L Automatic 17 26 $49,748 $56,900
A8 4-Door Sedan 4.2L Automatic Quattro 17 25 $56,360 $64,500
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2-Door Coupe 5.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 2-Door Coupe 5.0L 15 22 $79,950 $91,900
S-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.0L 13 20 $115,970 $133,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.2L LWB 17 24 $57,940 $66,600
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.2L SWB 17 24 $55,070 $63,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 4.2L 16 22 $64,290 $73,900
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 5.0L 15 21 $76,120 $87,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.0L 13 19 $113,360 $130,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
$49,748
$79,950
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$56,900
$91,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$948 / month
$1532 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 31.5
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 36.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99.8 92.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 61.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.8 6.2
Length, Overall (in)
198.2 199.4
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 63.5
Wheelbase (in)
113.0 115.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 74.6
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 63.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.6 14.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4 Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9.6 x 0.39 11.8 x .48
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 0.98 12.6 x 1.2
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.7 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 14.56
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.2 38.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive Pwr Recirculating Ball
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.7 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 235/60R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 235/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3,682 4695
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 16 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 16.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 143.0
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SEFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 2700 347 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.7L/226 5.0L/303
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
230 @ 5500 315 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 15
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.096 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.999 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.091 2.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.665 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.407 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.742 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapeziodal link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Track-Rod w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Four-Link Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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