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318I 4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 318I 4-Door Sedan Manual 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318TI 3-Door HB Manual 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 318TIA 3-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 328I 4-Door Sedan Manual 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series 328ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series M3 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3S 4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3SA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
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2-Door Coupe Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SC 300 Luxury Sport Coupe 2-Door Coupe Automatic 18 24 $34,657 $39,900
SC 300 Luxury Sport Coupe 2-Door Coupe Manual 19 24 $33,875 $39,000
SC 400 Luxury Sport Coupe 2-Door Coupe 18 23 $43,612 $50,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,755
$34,657
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,950
$39,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$433 / month
$665 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.6 39.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 56.0
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 36.1
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 52.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 44.1
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
34.0 27.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.7 75.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.1
Length, Overall (in)
174.5 192.5
Height, Overall (in)
54.8 53.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
55.9 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 105.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.9 70.9
Track Width, Front (in)
55.4 59.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.3 9.3
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 20.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.8 17.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P225/55R16
Spare Tire Size
P185/65R15 P225/55R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P225/55R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2,976 3538
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.4 8.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
80 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
133 @ 4300 210 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.9L/116 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 225 @ 6000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 24
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.04 2.393
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.52 1.531
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.01
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 0.705
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.23 2.804
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.000
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Lexus SC 300 Luxury Sport Cpe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Central Links Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil Spring Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar Double Wishbone

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