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
TTS 2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $43,710 $47,000
TTS 2-Door Roadster S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $46,500 $50,000
TTS 2-Door Roadster S tronic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $46,500 $50,000
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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 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 -

Second Leg Room (in)

29.3 - -

Front Head Room (in)

37.7 39.1 38.0

Exterior Dimensions

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

Liftover Height (in)

31.1 - TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.5 70.5 71.5

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.1 10.9/6.4 10.1 (6.4 w/top down)

Brakes

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

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 x 1.0 13.0 x 0.9 12.7 x 1.3

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

14.5 14.5 15.9

Steering

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

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.9 3.0 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

Tires

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

Rear Tire Size

P245/40R18 P225/45R17 P245/40R17

Trailering

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

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3153 3307 3308

Wheels

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

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA - TBD -

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

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

Fuel System

Direct Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

31 34 32

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 23 22

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 27 26

Transmission

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

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

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

- NA -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Audi TT BMW Z4 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Body Style

Coupe Convertible 2 Door Roadster

Suspension

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

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA NA

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 6 - TBD -

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.2 6.7 7.1

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