Mercedes-Benz W154 

  • built in Germany
  • 1938
  • 468 HP 3.0L
  • 205 mph
The V12 was installed deeply and at an angle, with the carburettors' air intakes projecting out of the radiator whose grille was progressively broadened before the beginning of the season.
A higher cowl line in the cockpit area provided greater safety for the driver.

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz W154

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz W154
205 mph
GT 86
140 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz W154


Mercedes-Benz W154
468 HP
987 HP
750 HP

Engine size

Mercedes-Benz W154
2,963 cc
7,993 cc
6,498 cc

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Mercedes-Benz W154
In January 1938 the first specimen was running on the test bench, and the first almost trouble-free test run was completed on February 7, when the engine developed 427 hp (314 kW) at 8000 rpm.
As usual, it gave only the most essential information, with a large rev counter in the middle, flanked by the gauges for water and oil temperatures.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Type of car Race car
Year 1938

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.62 lb/hp
Maximum hp 468 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Max RPM 8,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,163 lb
Width 68.9 in
Height 39.8 in
Length 167.3 in
Front track width 58.1 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in

road tests

Top speed 205 mph


Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears


Displacement 2,963 cc
Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 7.5:1
Bore/stroke 2.64 in / 2.76 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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