Mercedes Benz 500SL R107

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Mercedes Benz 500SL

1980 - 1989
V8. overhead cam
4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
225 km/h
Number Built:
3 star
Mercedes 500SL
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, an uprated version of the 107 series roadster and coupe was presented; the equipment of the interior (including at long last the steering wheel) had been brought up to the standard of the S-Class sedans - as had the cars technology.

The former 3-speed automatic transmission was replaced by a 4-speed version, and the light-alloy engines of the S-Class were built into the 107 series models in slightly modified form. There were very few external differences to its predecessor; the main external cosmetic change being the addition of a black plastic rear spoiler.

Suspension upgrades included the use of a double wishbone axle with coil springs and anti roll bar at front and a diagnol swing axle at rear. Larger brake pads were also introduced, and with that their longevity increased by over 30%.

For the first time you could option your SL to have ABS, but most importantly for a car with sporting aspirations the new model featured much better acceleration times, 0 - 100 km/h now taking just 7.8 seconds.

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Mercedes 500SL Technical Specifications
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