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Here's how the 1997 BMW 540, 1998 Jaguar XK8, 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the 1997 Porsche Boxster measure up.
540IA 4dr Sdn 5-Spd Auto
$49,900
Starting MSRP
2dr Cpe
$64,900
Starting MSRP
2dr Conv Base Auto
$19,125
Starting MSRP
2dr Roadster Manual
$39,980
Starting MSRP

Overview

Door
4-door 2-door 2-door 2-door
Seats
5 4 2 2
Engine

282.0-hp, 4.4-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine(Gasoline Fuel)

290.0-hp, 4.0-liter, 8 Cylinder Engine(Gasoline Fuel)

133.0-hp, 1.8-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine(Gasoline Fuel)

201.0-hp, 2.5-liter, Flat 6 Cylinder Engine(Gasoline Fuel)

Combined MPG
0 0 0 0
Size
188.0" length, 56.5" height 187.4" length, 51.0" height 155.4" length, 48.2" height 169.9" length, 50.8" height
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Exterior color

Exterior color

Interior color

Interior color

Oatmeal

Cashmere

Charcoal

Ivory

Savanna Beige

Boxster Red

Graphite Grey

Black

Nephrite Green

Transmissions

Transmissions

A/T

5-Speed A/T

A/T

Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

5-Speed A/T

A/T

4-Speed A/T

M/T

5-Speed M/T

Vehicle

EPA Classification
Compact Mini-Compact Two Seater Two-Seater

Wheels

Spare Wheel Size
16 x 7 in 17 x 8 in 14 x 4 in N/A
Front Wheel Size
16 x 7 in 17 x 8 in 14 x 5.5 in 16 x 6 in
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum N/A Steel N/A
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size
16 x 7 in 17 x 8 in 14 x 5.5 in 16 x 7 in
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy Steel Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130 70 120

Engine

Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V8 Gas I4 Gas Flat 6-cyl
Displacement
4.4L/268 4.0L/244 1.8L/112 2.5L/153
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3900 290 @ 4250 114 @ 5000 181 @ 4500
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
282 @ 5700 290 @ 6100 133 @ 6500 201 @ 6000

Mileage

Cruising Range - Hwy
444.00 mi N/A 355.60 mi 413.10 mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
N/A N/A N/A N/A
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 MPG N/A 22 MPG 19 (Est) MPG
Cruising Range - City
333.00 mi N/A 279.40 mi 290.70 mi
Estimated Battery Range
N/A N/A N/A N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
N/A N/A N/A N/A
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
24 MPG N/A 28 MPG 27 (Est) MPG
Fuel Economy Est-Combined
N/A N/A N/A N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
N/A N/A N/A N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear
Four-link Fully Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Fully Independent Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar Double Wishbone w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 x 1.18 in 12.1 x 1.1 in 10.0 x -TBD- in 11.74 x 0.95 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x 0.79 in 12.1 x 0.8 in 9.9 x -TBD- in 11.5 x 0.80 in
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel - Four-Wheel
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power Pwr Pwr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal 19.9 gal 12.7 gal 15.3 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
N/A N/A N/A N/A

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
37.4 ft 40.7 ft 30.0 ft 35.8 ft
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.8 3.3 2.98
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion Manual Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.8 Variable 18.0 16.9

Tires

Rear Tire Size
P225/55R16 P245/50ZR17 P185/60HR14 P225/50R16
Front Tire Size
P225/55R16 P245/50ZR17 P185/60HR14 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
P225/55R16 P245/50R17 T117/70D14 Compact

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
N/A N/A - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
N/A N/A - N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
N/A N/A - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
N/A N/A - N/A

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight
3803 lbs 3673 lbs 2359 lbs 2755 lbs

Dimensions

Trunk Volume
11.1 ft³ 11.1 ft³ 3.6 ft³ 9.1 ft³
Front Shoulder Room
56.8 in 55.2 in 50.4 in 51.7 in
Length, Overall
188.0 in 187.4 in 155.4 in 169.9 in
Second Head Room
36.8 in 33.3 in N/A N/A
Front Head Room
37.6 in 37.4 in 37.1 in 38.1 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.9 in 72.0 in 66.0 in 70.1 in
Height, Overall
56.5 in 51.0 in 48.2 in 50.8 in
Passenger Volume
92.5 ft³ 75 ft³ 46.0 ft³ N/A
Track Width, Rear
60.0 in 59.0 in 56.2 in 60.2 in
Wheelbase
111.4 in 101.9 in 89.2 in 95.1 in
Min Ground Clearance
N/A 5.7 in 4.5 in 4.1 in
Front Hip Room
N/A N/A 51.7 in N/A
Second Hip Room
N/A 42.9 in N/A N/A
Second Shoulder Room
55.9 in 51.5 in N/A N/A
Second Leg Room
34.2 in 23.7 in N/A N/A
Front Leg Room
41.7 in 43.0 in 43.0 in 41.6 in
Passenger Capacity
5 4 2 2
Liftover Height
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Track Width, Front
59.5 in 59.2 in 55.5 in 57.7 in

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