Compare 2012 Audi R8 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2012 Audi R8
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
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2-Door Conv Automatic quattro Spyder 4.2L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
R8 2-Door Conv Automatic quattro Spyder 4.2L 13 21 $127,224 $136,800
R8 2-Door Conv Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L 13 19 $159,774 $171,800
R8 2-Door Conv Automatic quattro Spyder 5.2L GT 13 19 $195,579 $210,300
R8 2-Door Conv Manual quattro Spyder 4.2L 11 20 $118,761 $127,700
R8 2-Door Conv Manual quattro Spyder 5.2L 12 19 $151,311 $162,700
R8 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 4.2L 13 21 $114,669 $123,300
R8 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L 13 19 $147,033 $158,100
R8 2-Door Coupe Automatic quattro 5.2L GT 13 19 $183,024 $196,800
R8 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L 11 20 $106,206 $114,200
R8 2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 5.2L 12 19 $138,570 $149,000
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2-Door Coupe SLS AMG
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SLS AMG 2-Door Coupe SLS AMG 14 20 $176,328 $189,600
SLS AMG 2-Door Roadster SLS AMG 14 20 $182,373 $196,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$127,224
$176,328
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$136,800
$189,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$2280 / month
$3160 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
A marriage of the best of German handling and Italian power, the 2012 Audi R8 is a fantastic all-around supercar. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has those stunning gullwing doors, but but we'd take the Roadster any day--all the better to savor the sounds from that epic AMG V-8.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Two Seater
Number of Passenger Doors
- 2
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 58.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in)
- TBD - 41.7
Passenger Capacity
2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
49.0 49.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 65.0
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 105.5
Liftover Height (in)
31.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.0 76.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.5 66.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
174.4 182.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
3.5 6.2
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 - 14.2 x 1.0
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)
14.4 x - TBD - 15.4 x 1.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 26.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.3 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/35R19 P265/35YR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P295/30R19 P295/30YR20
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)
3869 3573
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 8.5 19 x 9.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 11.0 20 x 11.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
24.2 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
520 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
190 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
316 @ 4500-6000 479 @ 4750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 6.3L/379
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
430 @ 7900 563 @ 6800
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
Direct - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 16
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.87 1.63
Trans Type
6 7
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.12 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.71 2.79
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.67
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.29
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.92 0.84
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.37 3.40
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.72
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi R8 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Body Style
Convertible 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 1
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.6 11.6

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