Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL 

  • 1991
  • 402 HP 6.0L
  • 155 mph
As with the six-cylinder and the two V8 engines, the twelve-cylinder was also equipped with four-valve technology, variable intake camshaft and an electronic injection system with hot-wire air mass sensor.
With all engines a high priority was placed on minimizing exhaust emissions and reducing fuel consumption.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL


Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
6.5 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
155 mph
253 mph


Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
14.8 s
5.1 s

1/4 mile

Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
14.6 s
10.2 s

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL


Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
402 HP
987 HP


Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
429 ft-lb
922 ft-lb
GT 86
150 ft-lb

In The News From around the web


Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL
'' The 6.0-liter V12 M 120 engine was an entirely new design, not just the first series-produced twelve-cylinder Mercedes-Benz passenger car, but also the most powerful Mercedes-Benz car engine of its day with a rated power output of 300 kW (408 hp).
Auto, Motor und Sport, Germany, volume 7/1991, on the Mercedes-Benz 600 SEL: ''With dimensions such as these, there is little to be said about the inte-rior: The sense of space is almost wasteful, even more so in the rear than in the front, since the opulent height in the rear is particularly apt for giving the impression of riding in a mobile living room.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Year 1991
Highest auction price 1991 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL 4D, $11k, April 2009

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 12.48 lb/hp
Maximum hp 402 HP @ 5,200 RPM
Maximum torque 429 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Engine placement Front
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 6,000 cc
Cylinders V12
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10:1
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.16 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 14.6 s
0-60mph 6.5 s
0-100mph 14.8 s
0-200kph 27.3 s


Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD
Shift system Automatic
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 406/? 190
Rear wheels 406/? 190

physical dimensions

Curb weight 5,018 lb
Width 74.3 in
Height 58.9 in
Length 205.2 in
Front track width 63.1 in
Wheelbase 123.6 in
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