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Overview

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

201.0-hp, 2.5-liter, Flat 6 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)

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

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

Exterior color

Exterior color

Interior color

Interior color

Savanna Beige

Boxster Red

Graphite Grey

Black

Nephrite Green

Oatmeal

Cashmere

Charcoal

Ivory

Transmissions

Transmissions

M/T

5-Speed M/T

A/T

Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

5-Speed A/T

A/T

4-Speed A/T

A/T

5-Speed A/T

Vehicle

EPA Classification
Two-Seater Mini-Compact Two Seater Compact

Wheels

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

Electrical

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

Engine

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

Mileage

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

Suspension

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

Brakes

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

Fuel Tank

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

Steering

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

Tires

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

Trailering

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight
2755 lbs 3673 lbs 2359 lbs 3803 lbs

Dimensions

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

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