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Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

(1980 model)

Brief specs of 1980 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3818 cm3 / 233.0 cu in / 233.0 cu in, 162.6 kW / 218.1 hp / 218.1 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 305.0 N·m / 225.0 lb·ft / 225.0 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 204 km/h / 127 mph / 127 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Mercedes-BenzIssued from1980
Model380 SLIssued until
Serie380Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMercedes-BenzCountryDE

Bodywork

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

Dimensions & Weight

Length4389 mm / 172.8 in / 172.8 inTotal (curb) weight1540 kg / 3395 lb / 3395 lb
Width1791 mm / 70.5 in / 70.5 inDry weight
Height1300 mm / 51.2 in / 51.2 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2461 mm / 96.9 in / 96.9 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1453 mm / 57.2 in / 57.2 inTowing weight
Track rear1440 mm / 56.7 in / 56.7 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity90 l / 19.8 UK gal / 23.8 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.78  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.98 m2 / 21.3 sq ft / 21.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerMercedes-BenzValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore92.0 mm / 3.62 in / 3.62 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke71.8 mm / 2.83 in / 2.83 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.28
Fuel supplyBo fuel inj.Engine displacement3818 cm3 / 233.0 cu in / 233.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity477.25 cm3/cylinder / 29.124 cu in/cylinder / 29.124 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio9.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power162.6 kW / 218.1 hp / 218.1 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque305.0 N·m / 225.0 lb·ft / 225.0 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)59.9 kW / 80.3 hp / 80.3 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output42.6 kW/l / 0.936 bhp/cu in / 0.936 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque79.9 N·m/l / 0.70 lb·ft/cu in / 0.70 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.27

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed204 km/h / 127 mph / 127 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)9.10 s / 9.10 s / 9.10 sPower-to-weight ratio141.6 kW/ton / 107.3 bhp/ton / 107.3 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
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrecirculating ball PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Coil springs, Semi-trailing arm
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Mercedes-Benz 380 SL

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