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Mercedes-Benz SL 500

(2000 model)

Brief specs of 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL 500

2-door convertible (cabriolet), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, 4966 cm3 / 303.0 cu in / 303.0 cu in, 225.0 kW / 301.7 hp / 301.7 hp @ 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm, 469.0 N·m / 345.9 lb·ft / 345.9 lb·ft @ 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Mercedes-BenzIssued from2000
ModelSL 500Issued until
SerieSL classNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation


Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeconvertible (cabriolet)Number of seats
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4540 l / 160.33 cu ft / 160.33 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4470 mm / 176.0 in / 176.0 inTotal (curb) weight1815 kg / 4001 lb / 4001 lb
Width1820 mm / 71.7 in / 71.7 inDry weight
Height1300 mm / 51.2 in / 51.2 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2520 mm / 99.2 in / 99.2 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity80 l / 17.6 UK gal / 21.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.77  


Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.3Frontal area (A)2.01 m2 / 21.6 sq ft / 21.6 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.60 m2 / 6.5 sq ft / 6.5 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)15.0 kW / 20.1 hp / 20.1 hp (est.)


Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 8 cylinder)Total number of valves24
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder3
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 supplyInjectionEngine displacement4966 cm3 / 303.0 cu in / 303.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity621.68 cm3/cylinder / 37.937 cu in/cylinder / 37.937 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignCompression ratio
SumpMax. output power225.0 kW / 301.7 hp / 301.7 hp at 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm
AspirationMax. torque469.0 N·m / 345.9 lb·ft / 345.9 lb·ft at 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm / 2700 rpm
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)90.0 kW / 120.7 hp / 120.7 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output45.3 kW/l / 0.996 bhp/cu in / 0.996 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque94.4 N·m/l / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in


Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio


Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio168.6 kW/ton / 127.7 bhp/ton / 127.7 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel 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


Engine locationfrontEngine alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Mercedes-Benz SL 500


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