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
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
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.