Mercedes-Benz 450 SL 

  • built in Germany
  • 1971-1980
  • 222 HP 4.5L
  • 134 mph
The new light-alloy eight-cylinder engines of the 126-series S-Class made their arrival in the 107 series and replaced the outgoing 450SL with the 500SL Story by
Throughout production all American cars had quad headlamps and many were fitted with a three-speed automatic transmission.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz 450 SL

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
134 mph
Agera R
260 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz 450 SL


Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
222 HP
Agera R
1,115 HP
987 HP


Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
278 ft-lb
922 ft-lb
Agera R
888 ft-lb

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Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
The series was also had a very high safety concept which had a strengthened A-pillar that could meet USA standards.
To distinguish the the 450 SL from other 2.8 and 3.5-litre models in the range an inconspicuous front spoiler was attached to the rear lower end of the front apron and distinctly increased the radiator's air throughput.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Type of car Production car
Year 1971-1980
Highway mileage 71 MPGe

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 16.22 lb/hp
Maximum hp 222 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Maximum torque 278 ft-lb @ 3,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 4,520 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 3.35 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

road tests

Top speed 134 mph


Chief designer Bruno Sacco


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears
Axle ratio 3.07:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,600 lb
Width 70.5 in
Height 51.2 in
Length 172.8 in
Front track width 57.2 in
Wheelbase 96.9 in
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