Compare 2008 BMW 7-Series vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2008 BMW 7-Series
2009 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door Sedan 750Li
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li 17 25 $73,510 $79,900
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i 17 25 $70,655 $76,800
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li 14 22 $114,170 $124,100
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 15 23 $105,800 $115,000
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4-Door Sedan 5.5L V12 RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 5.5L V12 RWD 11 17 $137,128 $147,450
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 4MATIC 14 21 $85,886 $92,350
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 5.5L V8 RWD 14 22 $83,096 $89,350
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.0L V12 AMG RWD 11 17 $185,024 $198,950
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.3L V8 AMG RWD 11 17 $122,156 $131,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$73,510
$137,128
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$79,900
$147,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1332 / month
$2458 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Controversially styled, the 2008 BMW 7-Series still performs like a smaller sedan and carries rear passengers with ease. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best vehicles in the world—but you’ll pay for it.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 11 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 17 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.9
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.8
Second Leg Room (in)
43.4 42.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
111.0 109.0
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
203.9 205.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
123.2 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.9 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 63.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
18.0 16.3
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)
13.6 x 0.94 12.6 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)
13.7 x 1.18 13.8 x 1.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.3 23.8
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.1 17.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.3 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.07 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR18 P255/45R18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR18 P275/45R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4553 4895
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V12
Fuel System
EFI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
360 @ 3400 612 @ 1900 - 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.8L/293 5.5L/336
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
360 @ 6300 510 @ 5000
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 11
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 13
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.17
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.38 2.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 3.60
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.41
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/5-Arm
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Pivot Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/4-Link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- NA

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