Compare 2011 Audi A8 vs 2011 BMW 7-Series vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2011 Audi A8
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2011 BMW 7-Series
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 17 27 $72,587 $78,050
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4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD 17 25 $69,045 $75,050
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740i RWD 17 25 $65,000 $70,650
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $92,920 $101,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD 14 22 $79,490 $86,400
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li xDrive AWD 14 20 $82,250 $89,400
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $89,240 $97,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i RWD 15 22 $75,900 $82,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i xDrive AWD 14 20 $78,660 $85,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li RWD 13 19 $126,315 $137,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB RWD 14 22 $115,830 $125,900
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $118,590 $128,900
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB RWD 14 22 $112,240 $122,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $115,000 $125,000
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4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $84,630 $91,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 14 21 $89,280 $96,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 23 $86,490 $93,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $146,987 $158,050
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 22 $128,340 $138,000
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $194,370 $209,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$72,587
$69,045
$84,630
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,050
$75,050
$91,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1301 / month
$1251 / month
$1517 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.4
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Suave styling, an impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel earn the 2011 Audi A8 a spot in the top tier. Call us converts: The latest BMW 7-Series turns our eyes more than ever and drives with real big-guy brio. From earth-friendly to exclusive and exotically fast, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class does it all in superb comfort.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 44.3 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 40.8 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.2 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
114.9 115 108.6
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.9 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 57.6 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 74.9 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.4 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.72 5.8 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 205.2 206.5
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.2 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 65.0 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 126.4 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.6 17.7 16.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.2 x 1.34 14.7 x 1.42 13.2 x 1.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x 0.87 13.6 x 0.94 11.8 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.7 21.7 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 19.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.0 41.7 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 NA - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 220 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - 4630 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4178 4474
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.0 9.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
FSI DI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 332 @ 1500-4500 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 3.0L/182 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 326 @ 5800 295 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I6 Gas/Electric V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69 0.82
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA 0.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.17 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.52 1.92
Trans Type
8 6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 0.87 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.40 3.42
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.34 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.46 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.14 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4-Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Double-Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Integral-V NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Adaptive Air Multi-Link Four-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.3 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4 4

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