Compare 2012 BMW 7-Series vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 BMW 7-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2012 Porsche Panamera
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4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740Li RWD 17 25 $69,460 $75,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 740i RWD 17 25 $65,320 $71,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $92,920 $101,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li RWD 14 22 $81,145 $88,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750Li xDrive AWD 14 20 $83,905 $91,200
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i ActiveHybrid RWD 17 24 $89,240 $97,000
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i RWD 15 22 $77,555 $84,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 750i xDrive AWD 14 20 $80,315 $87,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan 760Li RWD 13 19 $126,315 $137,300
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB RWD 14 22 $116,380 $126,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 LWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $119,140 $129,500
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB RWD 14 22 $112,790 $122,600
7 Series 4-Door Sedan ALPINA B7 SWB xDrive AWD 14 20 $115,550 $125,600
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4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Panamera 4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
Panamera 4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
Panamera 4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
Panamera 4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
Panamera 4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$69,460
$86,072
$67,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$75,500
$92,550
$75,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1258 / month
$1543 / month
$1253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.4
9.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful. Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 31 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Large Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 58.7 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.9 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
44.3 42.3 33.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.8 37.8 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.2 59.1 51.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
115 109.0 98.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 58.0 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.0 63.2 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
126.4 124.6 115.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.9 73.7 83.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 63.1 65.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 5.75 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
205.2 206.5 195.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.7 16.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 44.6
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.94 11.8 x 0.9 13.0 x 1.1
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)
14.7 x 1.42 13.2 x 1.25 14.2 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.7 23.8 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
41.7 40.0 39.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
NA 2.8 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.1 17.83 17.1-13.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P245/50R18 P255/45R18 275/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Front Tire Size
P245/50R18 P255/45R18 245/50R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4178 4784 3880
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.5 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180 - TBD - NA
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
326 @ 5800 240 @ 3600 300 @ 6200
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I6 Turbocharged Diesel V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
332 @ 1500-4500 455 @ 2400 295 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.0L/182 3.6L/220
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 25 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 31 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42 4.57
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86 3.31
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.46 3.07 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA - 0.59
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38 5.97
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92 2.01
Trans Type
6 7 7
Summary
Body Style
4-Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW 7 Series Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Panamera
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Integral-V Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.5 8.7

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