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Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

(1989 model)

Brief specs of 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL

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, 240.1 kW / 322.0 hp / 322.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 4-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 from1989
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)4540 l / 160.33 cu ft / 160.33 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4470 mm / 176.0 in / 176.0 inTotal (curb) weight1889 kg / 4165 lb / 4165 lb
Width1811 mm / 71.3 in / 71.3 inDry weight
Height1300 mm / 51.2 in / 51.2 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2515 mm / 99.0 in / 99.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1532 mm / 60.3 in / 60.3 inTowing weight
Track rear1521 mm / 59.9 in / 59.9 inWeight distribution (front)51.1 % / 51.1 % / 51.1 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity80 l / 17.6 UK gal / 21.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.78  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.32Frontal area (A)1.97 m2 / 21.2 sq ft / 21.2 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.63 m2 / 6.8 sq ft / 6.8 sq ftAerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)15.7 kW / 21.0 hp / 21.0 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 supplyBo KE-Jet 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 DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power240.1 kW / 322.0 hp / 322.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)115.9 kW / 155.5 hp / 155.5 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output48.3 kW/l / 1.061 bhp/cu in / 1.061 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque90.5 N·m/l / 0.79 lb·ft/cu in / 0.79 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio2.65

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.70 s / 4.70 s / 4.70 sTop (maximal) speed249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.30 s / 6.30 s / 6.30 sPower-to-weight ratio170.5 kW/ton / 129.2 bhp/ton / 129.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)15.10 s / 15.10 s / 15.10 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
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent,5 Links, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front255/60-R17Tyres rear255/60-R17
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 500 SL

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