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Mercedes-Benz SL 500

(1997 model)

Brief specs of 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL 500

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4973 cm3 / 303.5 cu in / 303.5 cu in, 234.9 kW / 315.0 hp / 315.0 hp @ 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm, 468.0 N·m / 345.2 lb·ft / 345.2 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Mercedes-BenzIssued from1997
ModelSL 500Issued until
SerieSL classNumber made
Model familyR 129Body construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMercedes-BenzCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)317 l / 11.19 cu ft / 11.19 cu ft
Passenger space (volume)4220 l / 149.03 cu ft / 149.03 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4470 mm / 176.0 in / 176.0 inTotal (curb) weight1769 kg / 3900 lb / 3900 lb
Width1811 mm / 71.3 in / 71.3 inDry weight
Height1303 mm / 51.3 in / 51.3 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2515 mm / 99.0 in / 99.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1534 mm / 60.4 in / 60.4 inTowing weight
Track rear1524 mm / 60.0 in / 60.0 inWeight distribution (front)51.0 % / 51.0 % / 51.0 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity81 l / 17.8 UK gal / 21.3 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.78  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.32Frontal area (A)2.00 m2 / 21.5 sq ft / 21.5 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.64 m2 / 6.9 sq ft / 6.9 sq ftAerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)15.9 kW / 21.3 hp / 21.3 hp

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves32
Engine ManufacturerMercedes-BenzValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore96.5 mm / 3.80 in / 3.80 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke85.0 mm / 3.35 in / 3.35 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.14
Fuel supplyEFiEngine displacement4973 cm3 / 303.5 cu in / 303.5 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity621.63 cm3/cylinder / 37.934 cu in/cylinder / 37.934 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power234.9 kW / 315.0 hp / 315.0 hp at 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque468.0 N·m / 345.2 lb·ft / 345.2 lb·ft at 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)110.9 kW / 148.7 hp / 148.7 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output47.2 kW/l / 1.038 bhp/cu in / 1.038 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque94.1 N·m/l / 0.82 lb·ft/cu in / 0.82 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.83
  Final gear (drive) ratio2.65

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.80 s / 4.80 s / 4.80 sTop (maximal) speed249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.20 s / 6.20 s / 6.20 sPower-to-weight ratio178.1 kW/ton / 134.9 bhp/ton / 134.9 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)14.70 s / 14.70 s / 14.70 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrecirculating ball VPASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock3Turning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, Lower wishbone, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent,5 Links, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front275/55-R17Tyres rear215/55-R16
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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