Compare 2012 Audi A8 vs 2012 BMW 7-Series

2012 Audi A8
2012 BMW 7-Series
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
A8 4-Door Sedan 18 28 $73,237 $78,750
A8 L 4-Door Sedan 18 28 $78,772 $84,700
A8 L 4-Door Sedan W12 14 21 $124,157 $133,500
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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 $69,460 $75,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740i RWD 17 25 $65,320 $71,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $92,920 $101,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD 14 22 $81,145 $88,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li xDrive AWD 14 20 $83,905 $91,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $89,240 $97,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i RWD 15 22 $77,555 $84,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i xDrive AWD 14 20 $80,315 $87,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li RWD 13 19 $126,315 $137,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB RWD 14 22 $116,380 $126,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $119,140 $129,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB RWD 14 22 $112,790 $122,600
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $115,550 $125,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$73,237
$69,460
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$78,750
$75,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1313 / month
$1258 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
9.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A8 models might still be fighting for the most prestige among flagships, but they're in the top tier from inside, thanks to their impeccable cabin, innovative cabin tech, and a lean, athletic driving feel. The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 59.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
115.1 115
Second Head Room (in)
38.1 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 57.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.7 44.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 40.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 63.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
202.2 205.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.4 65.0
Wheelbase (in)
117.8 126.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.7 74.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 17.7
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)
14.0 x - TBD - 13.6 x 0.94
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
15.0 x - TBD - 14.7 x 1.42
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 21.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.1 19.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 41.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/45R19 P245/50R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4409 4178
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.7 9.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
328 @ 3500 332 @ 1500-4500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 3.0L/182
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
372 @ 6800 326 @ 5800
Engine Type
Gas V8 Turbocharged Gas I6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 1.52
Trans Type
8 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.32 3.40
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 2.34
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.20 3.46
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.17
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi A8 BMW 7 Series
Body Style
Sedan 4-Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 9.3

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