Mercedes SL R129 is a quartercenturyold revolutionary Autoblog

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Mercedes SL R129 is a quarter-century-old

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It’s been 25 since Mercedes-Benz took the off its R129-series SL roadster at the 1989 Motor Show. While it may dated now, it was a revolutionary in its day a day that lasted a good years.

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A technological trailblazer celebrates its anniversary: Mercedes-Benz SL, R 129 model (1989 to 2001)

Stuttgart, Feb 28,

— Numerous innovations, the automatic roll-over bar to the integral

— Twelve-cylinder engine its debut in the SL of the R 129 model series


Official AMG versions of the SL became for the first time

The Geneva Show of March 1989 the big stage for Mercedes-Benz to present the new SL the R 129 model series. The response was extremely positive in fact so that the planned annual capacity of 20,000 units was oversubscribed. Anyone wanting to own an R 129 had to a delivery period of several in that early phase.

Barely a year after its the SL was awarded the international Car Design Chief designer Bruno and his team had done an excellent The stylistically assured, no-frills of the slightly wedge-shaped body, the wheel arches for the wide-base the half-spoilers forward of the front a steeply raked windscreen, modelled rear end, and wheels as standard came here to create an exceedingly overall effect. Functionality was built in: the aerodynamic fine including the underbody and airflow the engine compartment, added up to a speed-increasing cd value of 0.32 the hardtop mounted. A figure of cd = was measured for the open-top car with side windows.

Mercedes-Benz SL 280 R129

This car set new standards in the area of too. Passive safety was to an exceptionally high level for an vehicle through a variety of An integral part of the safety was the automatic roll-over bar, was implemented here for the first in a motor car. If a roll-over the sensor-controlled roll-over bar would be triggered, raised into by the force of pre-compressed springs 0.3 seconds and secured by locking

Another component of the safety was the SL’s integral seats, represented a technical masterpiece of 20 patents for solutions to various went into this The frame and backrest were of a variety of special magnesium using a thin-wall casting They incorporated the three-point belt with belt belt height adjustment with the head restraint and electric stepper motors for height and angle adjustment for the cushion and backrest. The resistance of the in a crash was many times than the forces that possibly arise.

Fully automatic folding top and suspension with active

The newly designed electrohydraulic top with which the SL was equipped as offered a particularly high of operating convenience. Simply by a switch, the soft top could be or closed within 30 seconds. operation of the roll-over bar under the soft top was guaranteed. The standard was made of aluminium, and despite windows weighed just 34 about 10 kilograms less the coupé hardtop of the previous

As an optional extra, a newly auxiliary system was also for the SL suspension, representing the most suspension technology realisable at the and combining three subsystems. mass vibrations were in accordance with vehicle road conditions, and driving which virtually represented a stage of the active suspension reached production maturity in in the model series C 215 Coupé.

Throughout the years the R 129 became with a variety of different The top-of-the-range model was the 600 SL/SL 600 V12 engine (290 kW/394 hp, June 1993 onwards the SL 600), which was launched in 1992. The most powerful in the passenger car sales range brilliant performance and was the epitome of and turbine-like power delivery. all, its composed handling in the speed ranges and the impressive and refined manner in which it top speed were characteristic of the 600 SL. still unsatisfied with the and prestige afforded by the eight and engines could turn to AMG in Over the years it too produced SL models with powerful systems and an overall very focus. The highlight from was based on the SL 600 and came in the guise of the SL 73 AMG, rated at 386 kW (525

Two facelifts (1995 and 1998) that the R 129 remained fresh. One which celebrated its premiere in the SL the 1995 facelift was the Electronic Program ESP®, designed to the driver in critical driving With this system, detect and compare the steering and yaw rate. If the movements do not match, the is automatically activated. Individual are braked separately in such a way the vehicle is easier to hold on The popular R 129 was also the first SL in numerous special series. In 2001, the last of a total of examples of the R 129 model series off the production line at the Bremen and its successor made an appearance in the month in the form of the R 230 model In terms of overall volume, the R 129 was not quite as successful as its predecessor the R 107 model series with 237,287 units produced a period of 18 years. However, comparing the average annual the R 129 model series is very in the lead with some units. The most successful of this model series was the variant equipped with the M 119 V8 engine, of which a total of were produced from to 1998. The rarest variant by far is the SL 280 V6 engine, which served as the model for the model series 1997 and rolled off the assembly only 1,704 times.

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

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