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Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

(1973 model)

Brief specs of 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

2-door 2-seater convertible (cabriolet), 6-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 2778 cm3 / 169.5 cu in / 169.5 cu in, 127.0 kW / 170.3 hp / 170.3 hp @ 5750 rpm / 5750 rpm / 5750 rpm, 240.0 N·m / 177.0 lb·ft / 177.0 lb·ft @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 200 km/h / 124 mph / 124 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Mercedes-BenzIssued from1973
Model280 SLIssued until
Serie280Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMercedes-BenzCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeconvertible (cabriolet)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4310 mm / 169.7 in / 169.7 inTotal (curb) weight1295 kg / 2855 lb / 2855 lb
Width1770 mm / 69.7 in / 69.7 inDry weight
Height1320 mm / 52.0 in / 52.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2410 mm / 94.9 in / 94.9 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance180 mm / 7.1 in / 7.1 inFuel capacity64 l / 14.1 UK gal / 16.9 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.79  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.99 m2 / 21.4 sq ft / 21.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder
Engine constructionBore86.5 mm / 3.41 in / 3.41 in
FuelStroke78.8 mm / 3.10 in / 3.10 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.1
Fuel supplyInjectionEngine displacement2778 cm3 / 169.5 cu in / 169.5 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity463.07 cm3/cylinder / 28.258 cu in/cylinder / 28.258 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignCompression ratio9.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power127.0 kW / 170.3 hp / 170.3 hp at 5750 rpm / 5750 rpm / 5750 rpm
AspirationMax. torque240.0 N·m / 177.0 lb·ft / 177.0 lb·ft at 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)50.8 kW / 68.1 hp / 68.1 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output45.7 kW/l / 1.005 bhp/cu in / 1.005 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque86.4 N·m/l / 0.76 lb·ft/cu in / 0.76 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed200 km/h / 124 mph / 124 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio133.1 kW/ton / 100.8 bhp/ton / 100.8 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
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle10.0 m / 32.8 ft / 32.8 ft
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

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