19892001 MercedesBenz SL R129

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Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129

(from Daimler Press 1989: The Mercedes-Benz SL R 129 model is unveiled

— The fourth of an exceptional sports car tradition

World premiere for the automatic bar

— The legendary 300 SL model lives on

Modern, elegant, and yet clearly part of a great the SL Roadster from Mercedes-Benz was one of the sensations at the Geneva Motor in March 1989. This car (model series R 129) appeared in the 300 SL, 300 SL-24 and 500 SL variants, several models being in subsequent years through to the SL 73 AMG in The R 129 was the fourth generation of the SL-Class the legendary gull-wing Mercedes-Benz 300 SL of the In 2001, the 129 model series was by the 230 series.

The SL models in the 129 series compelling technical innovations and a balance between classic and new design. However, this of sports car also involved two to the SL tradition: firstly, the SL was built in rather than Sindelfingen and the Mercedes-Benz nomenclature was revised the R 129 was being produced. In the summer of the Stuttgart-based brand adapted the designations for its open-top sports to the nomenclature initially introduced for the and used up to the present day. then on, the legendary abbreviation SL appear in front of the three-digit that indicates engine The 300 SL thus became the SL 300, the 300 SL from the 129 model series the Mercedes-Benz sports car for the time to bear this legendary designation.

The automatic roll-over bar is debuted

was the hallmark of the modern new design that were introduced. dispensing with the traditional surround around the SL radiator with its fluid wedge the R 129 clearly followed in the tradition of its Elegant design was backed by the of an automatic roll-over bar which deploys in an emergency. Normally, it was not to see the protective structure when the car was driven with the top down. If was a danger of overturning, however, a released the locking mechanism on the bar by means and the integral support in just 0.3 seconds. The driver also deploy the bar hydraulically as The automatic roll-over bar in this on the R 129 was an international first in automotive

In addition to the roll-over bar, the A-pillars made of high-strength the twin-shell front roof and bonding the windscreen to the vehicle contributed to a very high of safety on a par with that of the saloons and coupйs. The engineers a high level of stability in the sports car’s passenger by making the floor assembly rigid using high-strength and large cross-members, as well as transitions that were to bending from the A-pillars and side elements to the side members. Thanks to the special of the beading on the inside, the doors acted as an impact-resistant connection the front wall and centre The engineers developed the front-end on saloons further for the SL vehicle in order to ensure maximum in the event of an offset frontal

High standards of safety and

The developers placed just as emphasis on passenger comfort as on One aspect encompassing both areas was the new integral seats excellent ergonomics for relaxed on long journeys. Due to their structure and high transverse they also offered protection in the event of a side The load-bearing seat frame of five die-cast magnesium and included the seat belt with belt tensioner, belt height adjustment to headrest adjustment, plus electric adjustment.

The new electrohydraulic top offered great convenience: it or closed within 30 seconds at the of a switch. When the top was down, innovation came into the draught-stop, a screen which air through and can be attached to the roll-over bar in a thereby minimising wind and draughts. As standard, the new SL models had windows and electropneumatic central Electric steering column was initially restricted to the 500 SL.

A roadster featuring the torsional of a saloon

Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129

The roadster’s ride was improved by installing additional struts and other reinforcements optimised the vibration and torsional typical of open-top vehicles. The expertise paid off and the torsional of the new roadster was 30 percent more that of the preceding model and now to that of a saloon.

The chassis damper strut front and multi-link independent rear was of the same basic design as of the W 201 compact-series models and the executive-size W 124 models. Numerous components adapted specifically for the roadster, as was the configuration. A new auxiliary system available as an option, representing chassis technology. The three included level adjustment and on the front and rear axles, speed-dependent level control and the ADS damping system. The SL models as standard with 16-inch wheels and – as you would expect a sports car – generously-sized brakes. For the time, disc brakes fixed callipers were in a Mercedes-Benz passenger car with the two of pistons having different The ABS anti-lock braking system was standard equipment.

1989: Mercedes-Benz 300 SL extends the range

The entry model in was the three-litre variant of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL the M 103 six-cylinder in-line engine kW/190 hp at 5700 rpm, top 228 km/h). Four valves per gave the 300 SL-24 the same of displacement but significantly more courtesy of its new M 104 engine (170 hp at 6300 rpm, maximum 240 km/h). The top-of-the-line model was the 500 SL its M 119 V8 engine (240 kW/326 hp at rpm). The top speed of this which when debuted was the powerful Mercedes-Benz passenger car was limited to 250 km/h. A new top-of-the-line was unveiled in 1992 in the shape of the 600 SL the SL 600; 290 kW/394 hp at 5200 In 1993, the two three-litre models replaced by the new SL 280 (142 kW/193 hp at rpm) and SL 320 (170 kW/231 hp at rpm), while AMG unveiled the SL 60 AMG kW/381 hp at 5500 rpm).

In 1995, Mercedes-Benz presented the SL models at the IAA International Motor The facelift involved new design more comprehensive standard and enhanced technology. One new feature was the with xenon gas-discharge which were introduced on the (model series 210) a few months earlier and were now available on the SL-Class. Mercedes-Benz a new cruise control system for 30 zones as standard on the roadster. In 1995, the SL 500 and SL 600 were given a new automatic transmission with converter lock-up clutch. The specialists also improved consumption and emissions further. The Stability Program ESP® was as an option on the facelifted SL 500, but as standard on the twelve-cylinder SL 600 model. Assist (BAS), a world for active safety, was installed as on all 129 series models from 1996.

1998: New engines for the R 129

The 129 series received another in spring 1998 which a new range of engines and restrained to the design. A new generation of V6 and V8 engines the existing units on the SL 280, SL 320 and SL 500 The engines featured three-valve and dual ignition, consuming up to ten less fuel than predecessors while also fewer emissions. Their output ranged from 150 kW hp) for the SL 280 and 165 kW (224 hp) for the SL 320 up to 225 kW (306 hp) for the SL 500. The SL 60 AMG was as part of this facelift and was in 1999 by the new top-of-the-line SL 55 AMG (V8 engine 260 kW/354 hp) and SL 73 AMG (V12 engine 386 kW/525 hp).

In July 2001, the final in the R 129 model series rolled off the at the Bremen plant. In total, built 204,940 of the fourth-generation SL. The successful model was the 500 SL/SL 500 its four-valve M 119 V8 engine. Between the launch and the year 1998, a of 79,827 cars of this were built.

Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129
Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129
Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129


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