Compare 2012 Porsche Panamera vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class

2012 Porsche Panamera
2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200
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4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD S 400 Hybrid 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 350 BlueTEC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
4-Door Sedan RWD S 550 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC S 550 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 63 AMG 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
4-Door Sedan RWD S 600 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
4-Door Sedan RWD S 65 AMG 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$67,500
$85,421
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$75,200
$91,850
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1253 / month
$1531 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
51.7 58.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.9
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.8
Second Leg Room (in)
33.3 42.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 37.8
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
51.9 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 109.0
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.4 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
115.0 124.6
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
83.2 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
65.3 63.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.75
Length, Overall (in)
195.7 206.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
44.6 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 16.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.1 11.8 x 0.9
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)
14.2 x 1.4 13.2 x 1.25
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.8
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.3 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.1-13.8 17.83
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Spare Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Rear Tire Size
275/45R18 P255/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
N/A NA
Front Tire Size
245/50R18 P255/45R18
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)
3880 4630
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.0 18 x 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6200 295 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 3750 284 @ 2400-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/213
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 25
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.57 3.42
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.73
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 2.86
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 2.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.97 4.38
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.01 1.92
Trans Type
7 7
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Porsche Panamera Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4

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