1972 1989 Mercedes SLClass (W107) | car review @ Top Speed

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Mercedes-Benz R107



Its suspension was with a new rear trailing arm finally putting rest to of its handling. Although the roadster seated two (with a third jump seat optional in markets), a 2+2 coupe version . the SLC . was to the range (from a good with a wheelbase some 14 longer. Both models had equipment and engines, coming either the continuing 2.8 straight-six as in the (in some markets) or a 230bhp V8 from the new Mercedes S-Class . or, in the a 4.5-litre V8 . also developing due to the emissions controls (and 190bhp by the new SAE measurements introduced in

The Mercedes 450SL was hardly and it got even heavier and more when it gained bigger to meet new US federal crash standards, and lost a further in 1975 with further controls. It showcased a number of new developments, though, including an ignition which would not unless the driver’s seatbelt was antilock brakes, new to the USA, and 1982, a driver’s front A new all-aluminium 3.8-litre engine the 4.5 in 1981, giving 155bhp, and the SL returned to the US performance league in when it gained a 5.6-litre V8 287lb ft) and four-speed auto instead of the old three-speed self-shifter.

buyers were offered performance from an earlier with a 5.0-litre model making its debut in 1981. The 380SL replaced the 350SL and the continued into the mid-Eighties, by now it was looking — and feeling very dated despite the upgrades. A minor facelift in 1986 brought revised and a line-up consisting of 300SL 420SL (218bhp), 500 SL (245bhp) and 560 SL (300bhp), though the latter produced around 240bhp in cars, which were hampered by the now-compulsory third brake light, awkwardly on the boot lid and spoiling the otherwise profile. Nearly 237,400 W107-s were produced the 18-year production period, of which went to the USA, but SL — no longer particularly and certainly no longer light was long overdue for obsolescence by the

time it was finally replaced in


Mercedes-Benz R107

Mercedes-Benz 350SL

In Mercedes presented the 350 SL . an open-top Roadster as successor to the 230/250/280 SL featuring a 3.5 litre V8, as its name and code-named Mercedes-Benz R107. The car in production until 1989, it was finally superseded by the R129 SL . In the 350 SL (205 hp) became available in the USA in this, its most important it initially featured a detuned 4.5 At the same time, the 450 SL (225 hp) was accessible to Europeans, too, in the wake of the first fuel by the economy 280 SL with a fuel-injected six hp). The 350 SL (later rechristened 450 SL) the only available model in the USA 1980.

A reshuffling of engines took in 1980. The 280 SL regained its former of 185 hp (after suffering a slight to 177 hp in the late seventies), a 3.8 litre alloy V-8 (218 hp) replaced the 3.5 litre (down to 195 hp in final and a new 5.0 litre (240 hp) superseded the 4.5 engine (down to 217 hp)). after their introduction, the new V-8 underwent some detail stressing fuel economy and their ouput slightly. In the the 450 SL was replaced in 1980 by the 380 SL, detuned to 155 hp.

hovered around 15,000 to units per year, with 60 to 70 going to the US. An offspring of the R107 SL was the SLC coupe . The SL’s wheelbase was and the car received a fixed roof. successor to the saloon-based SE coupes of the suffered somewhat in terms of being a derivative of the SL. It seemed Most criticism was directed the louvers in front of the C-pillars no doubt, were added to the fact that the SLC was an elongated SL. In there were 280/350/450 in the US a 350/450 SLC, later a 380 SLC the model was replaced in 1983 by the new 380 based on the S-class introduced in the of 1979 (W126). SLC production 7.000 units in good Special mention

deserves the 450 SLC 5.0 of 1978, the first MB car the new light alloy 5.0-litre and hood (bonnet) and trunk lid both made of aluminium.

Mercedes-Benz R107

Mercedes-Benz R107

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