Compare 2012 Audi TT vs 2012 BMW Z4 vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class

2012 Audi TT
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2012 BMW Z4
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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK Class
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2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TT 2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 31 $35,620 $38,300
TT 2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 31 $35,620 $38,300
TT 2-Door Roadster S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 23 31 $38,410 $41,300
TT 2-Door Roadster S tronic quattro 2.0T Prestige 23 31 $38,410 $41,300
TT RS 2-Door Coupe MT quattro 2.5T 18 25 $52,871 $56,850
TTS 2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $43,710 $47,000
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2-Door Roadster sDrive28i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive28i 23 34 $44,760 $48,650
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35i 19 26 $50,740 $55,150
Z4 2-Door Roadster sDrive35is 17 24 $59,065 $64,200
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2-Door Roadster SLK 250
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 250 22 32 $39,525 $42,500
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 350 20 29 $50,964 $54,800
SLK-Class 2-Door Roadster SLK 55 AMG 19 28 $62,775 $67,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,620
$44,760
$39,525
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,300
$48,650
$42,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$638 / month
$811 / month
$708 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi TT gets a burst of testosterone and sports-car cred with a bold new TT RS model; otherwise it's a surprisingly well-rounded (and economical) performer. The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options. It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 34 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Two Seaters 2 Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
29.3 - -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 39.1 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.2 53.3 52.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
73.9 - TBD - 49.0
Second Head Room (in)
32.6 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
47.5 - -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 42.2 42.5
Passenger Capacity
4 2 2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
31.1 - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.5 70.5 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 59.5 61.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
164.5 167.0 162.8
Height, Overall (in)
53.2 50.8 51.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
97.2 98.3 95.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 10.9/6.4 10.1 (6.4 w/top down)
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.0 13.0 x 0.9 12.7 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)
11.3 x 0.5 11.8 x 0.8 11.8 x 0.4
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)
14.5 14.5 15.9
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 14.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 35.1 34.5
Steering Type
Pwr Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/45R17 P245/40R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P245/40R18 P225/45R17 P225/45R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3153 3307 3308
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9 17 x 8 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9 17 x 8 17 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 8.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 170 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1600-4200 260 @ 1250 - 4800 229 @ 2000 - 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300-6000 240 @ 5000 201 @ 5500
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 34 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 23 22
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00 1.25
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.68 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 3.68 4.46
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.31 1.72
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.26 3.35 4.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 2.06 2.61
Trans Order Code
NA NA 411
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.77/3.44 3.08 3.07
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Audi TT BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Body Style
Coupe Convertible 2 Door Roadster
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Suspension Type - Rear
4-link Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 6.7 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 6 - TBD -

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