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Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

(1980 model)

Brief specs of 1980 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 4973 cm3 / 303.5 cu in / 303.5 cu in, 179.0 kW / 240.0 hp / 240.0 hp @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, 401.0 N·m / 295.8 lb·ft / 295.8 lb·ft @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Mercedes-BenzIssued from1980
Model500 SLIssued until
Serie500Number 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)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4390 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 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 supplyBo fuel inj.Engine displacement4973 cm3 / 303.5 cu in / 303.5 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity621.63 cm3/cylinder / 37.934 cu in/cylinder / 37.934 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignSOHC (single overhead camshaft)Compression ratio8.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power179.0 kW / 240.0 hp / 240.0 hp at 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque401.0 N·m / 295.8 lb·ft / 295.8 lb·ft at 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)70.6 kW / 94.6 hp / 94.6 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output36.0 kW/l / 0.791 bhp/cu in / 0.791 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque80.6 N·m/l / 0.71 lb·ft/cu in / 0.71 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio2.72

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed220 km/h / 137 mph / 137 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)7.80 s / 7.80 s / 7.80 sPower-to-weight ratio155.8 kW/ton / 118.1 bhp/ton / 118.1 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, Semi-trailing arm, Coil springs
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 500 SL

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