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1989-1993 MERCEDES-BENZ SL300/500 (R129) specifications


Finally ditching the classic looks of the SL roadsters, Mercedes-Benz came up with this more aggressive and almost chrome-free offering. Filled with toys like a power-operated roof, pop-up roll-over bar and dual-range four-speed automatic gearbox, some even came with suspension that lowers itself at speed. Six-cylinder 300 has either 190bhp or 231bhp in 24-valve twin-cam form; the 500 packs a 326bhp V8 and later ones could be had with a five-speed auto. Unlike earlier SLs, these have the performance to be considered proper sports cars.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £42,130
  • Price (excellent)
    £10,000
  • Price (good):
    £8,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,000
  • Price (project):
    £3,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    6.3secs
  • Top speed:
    155.0mph
  • Power:
    322.0bhp
  • Torque:
    332.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, 5-link, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4470mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2515mm
  • Width:
    1811mm
  • Height:
    1300mm
  • Weight:
    1889kgs

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